One of the all time iconic photos of Marilyn Monroe is of her in a white dress, holding down the skirt as a breeze blows it up. The image is from a scene in “The Seven Year Itch” (1955). The shot lasts less than 30 seconds, but was used by the studio for publicity and today is more well known than the film it came from. I think this should change.
“The Seven Year Itch” stars Tom Ewell as a married man with an overactive imagination. One hot summer in New York City with his wife and son away in the country, he befriends neighbor Marilyn Monroe and battles the images his ego and conscience cook up for him. While its gender stereotypes are indicative of the 50s, its still an enjoyable experience.
Written and directed by the great Billy Wilder, witty banter reigns king. The dialogue has a fast pace and is peppered with 50s pop culture allusions that can’t help but make you smile. As a writer/director, Wilder crafts his imagery to compliment the words so that one cannot exist fully without the other. Every little detail in the scene has importance and bearing, even down to the books on a table or a character’s twitchy thumb.
“The Seven Year Itch” really deserves a second look.