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The Seven Year Itch

Billy Wilder
USA 1955 / 105’

The Seven Year Itch is a film about a man’s fidelity crisis with elements of satire of psychoanalysis and one of the boldest comedies of the 1950s. At the time, sexuality was handled with kid gloves in Hollywood productions and was never the centerpiece plot driver. Itch changed everything.

The main character is a middle-aged mid-level employee at a Manhattan publisher. He is, in a word, average. The monotony of his marriage is worse than the seven year itch.  He sends his wife and son to the country for the summer. His overactive imagination goes into overdrive when a delightfully unconventional, voluptuous blonde (Marilyn Monroe) moves in upstairs. Or, did she really, or is it just his over-vivid and over-heated imagination?

Kamila Żyto

awards

Złote Globy / Golden Globes 1956 – najlepszy aktor / best actor

Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder, one of the most important directors in the history cinema, noted writer and producer, was born in 1906, in the town of Sucha in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (present-day Sucha Beskidzka in Poland). After studying law, he opted for a career in journalism. Moving to Berlin, he became an assistant screenwriter. Hitler’s rise to power convinced Wilder to emigrate, first to France and then the United States. Moving behind the camera, he went on to work with the brightest actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, winning six Oscars and top awards at Cannes and Venice. Wilder passed away in 2002.

Filmography

1934 Złe nasienie / Mauvaise graine / Bad Seed

1942 Major i mała / The Major and the Minor

1943 Pięć grobów na drodze do Kairu / Five Graves to Cairo

1944 Podwójne ubezpieczenie / Double Indemnity

1945 Młyny śmierci / Death Mills (dok., kr. m. / doc., short)

1945 Stracony weekend / The Lost Weekend

1948 Cesarski walc / The Emperor Waltz

1948 Sprawy zagraniczne / A Foreign Affair

1950 Bulwar Zachodzącego Słońca / Sunset Blvd.

1951 As w potrzasku / Ace in the Hole

1953 Stalag 17

1954 Sabrina

1955 Słomiany wdowiec / The Seven Year Itch

1957 W duchu St. Louis / The Spirit of St. Louis

1957 Miłość po południu / Love in the Afternoon

1957 Świadek oskarżenia / Witness for the Prosecution

1959 Pół żartem, pół serio / Some Like It Hot

1960 Garsoniera / The Apartment

1961 Raz, dwa, trzy / One, Two, Three

1963 Słodka Irma / Irma la Douce

1964 Pocałuj mnie, głuptasie / Kiss Me, Stupid

1966 Szczęście Harry’ego / The Fortune Cookie

1970 Prywatne życie Sherlocka Holmesa / The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

1972 Avanti!

1974 Strona tytułowa / The Front Page

1978 Fedora

1981 Najlepszy kumpel / Buddy Buddy

Cast & Crew

director Billy Wilder
screenplay Billy Wilder, George Axelrod; na podstawie sztuki George’a Axelroda / based on a play by George Axelrod
cinematography Milton Krasner
editing Hugo S. Fowler
music Alfred Newman
cast Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss, Oskar Homolka
producer Billy Wilder, Doane Harrison, Charles K. Feldman
production Charles K. Feldman Group, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
sales Hollywood Classics
source of print Classic films Distribución
language English
colouration colour