Why watch this film?
Based on the play by George Axelrod (who also co-wrote the film's screenplay), this movie could very well be Billy Wilder's most iconic classic in his immense filmography, and that is already saying a lot for someone who directed Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, and Sunset Boulevard. The Seven Year Itch follows a man who, away from his wife and child for an extended period of time, begins to flirt with the prospect of infidelity, and is terribly tempted by a beautiful actress and model staying in his building (Marilyn Monroe). Filmed and released at a time when depicting such themes openly in cinema was prohibited due to the "Hays Code," The Seven Year Itch is one of the great examples of how Wilder and other directors managed to bring those themes to the big screen through suggestive images and dialogues, never explicit, playing with subtle double entendres. The result is an incomparable romantic comedy full of wit that also contains one of the most iconic images of the 20th century: that of Marilyn Manson in her white dress, with her skirt being lifted up by the subway's air vent, which catapulted her to legend status.
When his family goes away for the summer, a hitherto faithful husband with an overactive imagination is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.
Where to watch?
Available at home