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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…
Richard Sherman: "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…
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…
I liked it much more than I expected to (I didn't pay attention to the opening credits and had no idea Billy Wilder was the director until after it was over; I might have gone into it with more enthusiasm if I had). Despite being made in the 1950s, there's something distinctly modern about its tone — the humor is dry, the jokes are sharp and fast, there's a certain madcap energy about it. Tom Ewell owns the entire movie; I went into it having never seen him before and left a fan. The guy has a direct line to my funny bone. He spends 95 percent of the movie monologuing, and it never once gets dull. I even think…
Monroe's character serves more as an idea than as a person. Beneath the distinct fantasy sequences, Monroe is Sherman's ultimate day-dream. And given Monroe's "the desire of every american male" status, the casting is perfect. She isn't playing herself. She's playing what a guy like Sherman thinks she would be like.
Most of the humor is derived from Sherman's constant mood swings and paranoia. As well as dialogue subversion and "eccentric" side characters. And a simple (but effective) running joke. Wilder and Axelrod are objectively skilled comedy writers. And Wilder is a screenwriting genius regardless of genre. And regardless of the comedy, "The Seven Year Itch" stands as a rather "light" study of the american male and how pulp "entertainment"…
Really good movie. I can see why it's a classic. This gets an "isgood"
Now real quick I feel like I need to talk about my lack of reviews as of recently. I have just been trying to catch up on some tv shows recently. I just finished Orange is the new black and am working on another show right now. I'll try to get an actual review out shortly but for now I say sorry.
"You must have seen her walking down the street with her fat... poodle."
Wilder adapts a play that must have worked well in the 1950's but feels a bit dated now. The gender politics are super out-dated since most of the comedy hinges on "Well us fellas love beautiful women, but we wouldn't dare cheat on our wives... or would we?" and the Marilyn Monroe character who plays the quintessential dumb blonde. Similarly, the main character has this repetitive narrative voice that is the crux of the comedy but also super hard to buy into.
Yet it starts working as a domestic comedy. The jokes start to get funnier as new characters are introduced and the situational aspect becomes more…
Good. But it feels a little too... buttoned up for me? I prefer Wilder when he brings a little bite to the proceedings. Still though, Marilyn Monroe is not bad to look at, so there's that.
Meh. The weakest wilder I've watched yet. The running monologue is annoying and I really hate the main character (maybe cuz I kind of empathize with him?). It would work much better as a novel I think. Told from first person. Yea. Fuck this movie.
I finally get the Marilyn Monroe hype.
The guy just wants to bang Marylion Monroe the entire time
Who has ever heard of the mom and kids going away for the entire summer while the dad works? Is this a common occurance?
The vent blew her dress up one time and the world went absolutely crazy
Oh man, I was bracing to hate this one after it became clear that the main character's spoken outer monoluge was a thing. But it's funny how quickly I warmed up to it. That has to be because of Wilder's voice. You don't see humor like this, this self-aware and quirky and cerebral and truly META (self-referential jokes about Marilyn Monroe and Cinemascope and a character's own eccentricities/insecurities/fantasies) in the '50s!
But that's Wilder.
The guy could do it all. He wrote about REAL, HUMAN stuff, and he could frame it as goofily or seriously as he wanted -- or he could meld his tones together expertly and powerfully, like in my favorite, "The Apartment."
I don't love all his…
Help me out with this one guys.
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A ranked list of all the films I've seen directed by the great Billy Wilder.
Just one to go: his…