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The Seven Year Itch
It TICKLES and TANTALIZES! - The funniest comedy since laughter began!
With his family away for their annual summer holiday, Richard Sherman decides he has the opportunity to live a bachelor's life. The beautiful but ditzy blonde from the apartment above catches his eye and they soon start spending time together - maybe a little too much time!
Notable for featuring one of 20th century's most iconic images, Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch is forever etched in the annals of cinema for that famous Marilyn Monroe's shot alone. And though by no means does it mean that it's not a good film because it's another fine feature from Wilder that teases with the idea of infidelity but it's certainly no match to his most acclaimed works.
The story of The Seven Year Itch concerns a so far faithful & overly imaginative middle-aged New Yorker who after sending his family off during the summer holidays tries to live a bachelor's life but finds himself tempted by his beautiful new neighbour. The title refers to the declining interest in monogamous…
Monroe's easy charisma and confidence make the somewhat unfortunate fact that her character is blase toward continual (and violent) advances somehow almost tolerable. it seems less oblivious, less silly, and somehow almost powerful for her to be above it, in part because she has a goal in this story that has nothing to do with romance or sex. She doesn't use sex to get what she wants, either, but merely exists as a force of sexuality around the obnoxious main character.
Her performance certainly worked, but everything else was just a bit tired and irritating. The fantasies of the lead male just felt uncomfortable as he pathetically tried to justify his neglect, infidelity, and sexism as victimhood. Sure, it's played for laughs, but that only makes it more uncomfortable. And as far as iconic moments go, the subway vent moment didn't really have the power it deserves after so much hype.
December count: 20/100
Although The Seven Year Itch will never be considered one of Wilder's best pictures because of its natural silliness and also because it is one of the director's weakest scripts, it is still a wonderful slice of entertainment. Underneath the film's effective laughs, silly moments and even self-conscious jokes, you can find an effortlessly enjoyable sociological portrait of the American way of life of the period and even a study on human connections, marriage, loyalty and betrayal. Obviously the ‘more serious’ side of the film never really comes together because of the way the director approaches the subject in question with a very easy, but nonetheless funny humour. Yet the natural genius of Billy Wilder can be found in his…
"Oh no, not today".
The story to The Seven Year Itch is about a New Yorker Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) ships his wife, Helen (Evelyn Keyes), and their son off to Maine for vacation. Left alone to work back in Manhattan, Richard encounters a gorgeous blonde model (Marilyn Monroe) who has moved into the apartment upstairs, and becomes immediately infatuated. While pondering infidelity, Richard dreams of his beautiful new neighbor -- but will his fantasies about her become a reality?
I couple of days ago, it just came to me that I haven't seen any movies starring the icon herself Marilyn Monroe. I mean, wow, how can I go through life without seeing the most ionic actress of all time…
Performances : 6.5/10
Story : 7.8/10
Production : 7/10
Overall : 7.1/10
Marilyn Monroe was a horrible, horrible actress but god she was beautiful. That's what makes this film work. Through all the hijinx I couldn't help but find myself jealous of Tom Ewell's character. I mean, let's be real here, this has to be one of the more misogynistic movies made, and saying this today probably makes me come off like a bit of an asshole. But seriously, dude had the life.
In typical Billy Wilder fashion there are plenty of laughs and plenty of great moments. In particular I loved the scene where Richard Sherman sarcastically declares that "Marilyn Monroe is in my kitchen" only to be scoffed…
Billy Wilder's "The Seven Year Itch," a jazzy love song about the goofily lusty near-middle-aged man, is a colorful and frothy mid-century treat. Starring Marilyn Monroe in full, iconic glory, the comedy examines, with a wink and a smile, those things that threaten marriage or inadvertently make it stronger. It is a blushingly gleeful piece of work.
Wilder tells the story Tom Ewell's Richard Sherman, a lovable schlub who is left to his own devices when his wife and child are away for the summer. Richard runs headlong into his upstairs neighbor, played by Marilyn Monroe, and is rocked by the temptations she provides. It is all innocuous fun as the neighbor becomes the subject of both fantasy and an…
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4 A Film directed by Billy Wilder
I'm basically Richard Sherman. He has the same worried, overly imaginative psyche as I do. Also the movie is hilarious.
This film is well-made, but it can be a bore to watch. Aside from specific fantasies out of the many he has in the film, Mr. Sherman is a bore to watch. He has a dull personality, he is often supposed to be paranoid but portrayed as cool and collected which doesn't fit his dialogue half of the time, and the one thing he does that makes us feel for him in any way is contemplating cheating on his wife. From time to time the film raises important questions, but while it attempts to be humorous at many times the sense of humor is either very dated or simply not amusing.
P.S. This is the movie that has Monroe's iconic upskirt scene, which I didn't find too iconic at all seeing that the image associated with the scene is never seen in the film; they shoot around it, probably because of the Hollywood Code back in the day.
All that most people remember of this labored farce is the sequence with Marilyn Monroe standing on a New York subway grating when a train whooshes by; the air sends her skirt swirling up to her shoulders. The director, Billy Wilder, and George Axelrod reshaped Axelrod's Broadway hit about the summertime flirtation of a shy married man (Tom Ewell) in order to build up Monroe's role. Wilder flails away at such gags as a plumber (Victor Moore) dropping a wrench in a bathtub occupied by Monroe, who has caught her toe in the faucet. With Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss, Oscar Homolka, Carolyn Jones, and Doro Merande. 20th Century-Fox. CinemaScope.
As a big Wilder fan, I should confess this film hasn't been my favourite, but the iconic presence of Monroe which added the voyeuristic joy of the film, has moved the film to an iconic position in history of cinema.
It sort of cools the ankles, doesn't it?
As a big fan of Billy Wilder and his comedies, The Seven Year Itch was a movie I completely expected to like. And like it I did indeed. While not quite reaching the heights his seminal masterpiece Some Like It Hot, Wilder's second Monroe-starring comedy is still a highly hilarious film and oddly goofy for its time period. It feels very modern in tone in many ways with its semi-surrealist excursions into the fantasies of our leading protagonist. With fairly well-written characters and strong leading performances, The Seven Year Itch proves to be another gem from the era.
The Seven Year Itch follows Richard Sherman, a businessman who's wife and son have gone away for the summer. Experiencing the "common"…
Although the first half is superior to the second, I was laughing audibly the whole time which means the comedy hasn't aged a day. The second half doesn't quite deliver the payoff set up by the first but Tom Ewell's performance of Richard, in all his paranoid schmucky bravado, makes it hard to judge.
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"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.
I probably like romance/romcoms a bit too much for any straight male, suggest some more like these please?
Not necessarily "Romcoms" that's a generalisation but Romance movies more along the lines of these that gave off similar vibes…