Episode 143: Billy Wilder’s “The Seven Year Itch”
A discussion of Billy Wilder’s 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch.”
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In 1955, Billy Wilder would release the first of three feature films this year. “The Seven Year Itch” was adapted from the hit Broadway play to the big screen and told the story of a man trying to stay faithful to his family while a sexy, blonde bombshell played famously by Marilyn Monroe taunted and teased him from her upstairs apartment. Despite the difference between the play and film, “The Seven Year Itch” remains one of the funniest movies of the 1950s.
Was Billy Wilder beginning to spin his wheels with his third film adaptation of a hit Broadway play? Why was “The Seven Year Itch” so iconic with Marilyn Monroe in the lead role? And Could a film like “The Seven Year Itch” be re-made for modern audiences today?
Billy Wilder’s “The Seven Year Itch” is the subject of episode 143 of the AuteurCast…