The Seven Year Itch
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Having sent his wife Helen and son Ricky to Maine to avoid the scorching July Manhattan summer, Richard Sherman, "keymaster" of a pocket edition publisher, stays behind to work, promising his wife to abstain from drinking and smoking. "Some husbands think just because their wives are away for the summer, they can run wild." However, the appearance of a young blonde renting his upstairs neighbours' apartment turns his life topsy-turvy, turning him into a bundle of nerves.
Sherman approves the covers of the pulp books: "Soup up the title a little, get yourself a cheerful and interesting cover. It's a question of imagination, and Mr. Sherman has a lot of it," says the narrator. To quote his wife and as a promoting film technology gag, "lately, you've been imagining in Cinemascope and Stereophonic sound." From his imagination, including a parody of the beach scene in From Here To Eternity, we learn that he doesn't feel he's good-looking or charismatic. It's his time with The Girl that changes him. His imagination ranges from the humorous, ridiculous, even paranoid. And he reveals his thoughts in soliloquys, which at times resemble trains-of-thought or even his subconscious.
The Girl turns out to be a typical blonde, but fun-loving, friendly, with simple tastes, understanding, trusting, and as it turns out, compassionate as seen from her sympathy for the creature of the black lagoon: "He wasn't really all bad. I think he just craved a little affection, you know. A sense of being wanted and needed." Oh, and she's definitely not a Rachmaninoff girl.
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The best part about this though is the special features. Commentary, picture-in-picture history lesson on the Hays Code, multiple featurettes. It's a great release!
The real surprise with this Blu-ray release-- aside from an excellent hi-def picture-- is the new set of bonus features, which includes:
- commentary by Wilder biographer Kevin Lally
- picture-in-picture Hays Code reference
- Marilyn Monroe timeline
- 'Monroe & Wilder: Intersection of Genius' mini-doc
The remaining extras (deleted scenes, AMC Backstory, etc.), mentioned in Amazon's product info above, also appear on the 2006 Fox DVD. Blu-ray earns 4 1/2 stars.
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Even after sixty years, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH retains its freshness and bounce - a delightful testament both to the script (by Billy Wilder and playwright George Axelrod) and the... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
Amazing that the Marilyn Monroe mystique continues unabated to this day.Published 25 days ago by Pastblasting
Well made movie about a man with a vivid imagination. Tom Ewell is hilarious.Published 25 days ago by LauraD
One of my favorite performances by Marilyn Monroe. Classic comedy that some might think doesn't stand the test of time, but I still find hilarious. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mystery fan
Four stars. Married man's family goes to Maine for the summer. Monroe is the sexy NYC neighbor and Ewell is the husband on his own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by book lover
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