Movie Mondays- The Seven Year Itch

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Hey, hey! New blog feature! Movie Mondays. What can I say, I love cliche blog post titles. I watch at least a movie a week, and since we’ve decided to forego cable and stick with the interwebs (hello, Netflix!), it’ll be a fun experience capturing screen shots and sharing my impressions of the films I watch each week.

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If any of you have not seen The Seven Year Itch, I’ll give you a brief run down on the plot framework. Manhattan men send their wives away to spare them from the heat of summer. Before their wives & children’s trains even leave the station, they are already in bachelor mode. The movie follows the imagination and silliness of a publishing executive. Whose wife of seven years (and son) has just left to spend the summer in the country. Oh, and whose neighbor happens to be Marilyn Monroe. Of course.

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One of the reasons I so much enjoy watching old movies is being able to step back in time and soak in the interior design and day-to-day fashion that, so normal in their day, is so fascinating to me.

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For instance, how many offices do you see these days with aqua/grey painted brick walls and rad posters hanging on the wall? Amazing.

Now, I think we all know that Marilyn Monroe wasn’t known for her awesome sense of fashion. But every movie she graces is just such fun. This one might be the most well known movie in which the blonde bombshell ever appeared.

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I adore the red lipstick which always painted her lips. No wonder the poor “summer bachelor” had such a difficult time of it with her as his neighbor! Oh, and that tall glass in her hands? That’s a martini. Oh yes. Silly girl.

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I don’t think I will be offering many serious movie reviews on Movie Mondays, but I can at least give my recommendation that if you’re in the mood for a light hearted comedy with a nostalgic feel and some innocently naughty humor (I actually quite believe there is such a thing… ha), you will definitely enjoy the classic Billy Wilder film, The Seven Year Itch.

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10 Responses

  1. I hate this movie. It makes me sad. I did a review for it a few weeks ago. I love the fashion though.

  2. Mandi says:

    Victoria, I definitely can figure where you’re coming from (will check your review when I get home from work). One has to be careful with the content of movie humor, and I will admit, this is not a movie I would watch with my children. But, I don’t have children, and so I do watch it, and I hope that doesn’t seem hypocritical. I think if you watch it through to the end you will see that he runs away to be with his wife during the summer that she was to be away, which is a satisfactory ending to the more serious dilemma he’s involved with during the course of the week he crushes on Marilyn.
    Anyway, I do think I know where you are coming from, and I respect that.

  3. Sue says:

    I’ve always loved this movie! Great summer fluff! Makes me wish that I could experience Manhattan during that era. Marilyn looks gorgeous in this film, but I think my favorite film of hers is the film Niagara…she is simply stunning in that one, even though she plays a scheming wife out to kill her husband.

  4. Idil says:

    Marilyn! she is just adorable!

  5. kat says:

    definitely just added it to the netflix instant cue! thanks! i have to admit i dont think i have ever seen a marilyn monroe movie! sad! you should watch bye bye birdie if you havent seen it already!
    kathryn

  6. kim whitten says:

    What a great*fun movie! One of my favorite types to watch -they just make you feel good. :)

  7. Love it, but then I’m a huge fan of MM and old movies. The fashion is what especially draws me in, but acting and storytelling instead of special effects are important too.

  8. Sara says:

    This is probably one of the Marilyn Monroe movies I’m less familiar with. Two of my favorite movies of hers are How to Marry a Millionaire and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I used to have a Marilyn Monroe paper doll book when I was younger; it had all her costumes from her movies in it. I’m sure my mom still has it; I’ll have to take a look and see if I can find it. Look forward to your other movie reviews.

  9. sara athira says:

    what a coincidence! i just bought this flick 2 days ago and i cant wait to watch it. However, its a very special one one, so i think a little cute dress should be worn while watching it, hehe.
    p/s: lovely blog you have here miss, i love it!
    thousands of kisses.

  10. Tania says:

    Right, I’m educating myself and my baby sister. We are starting on this film and making are way through your Monday list.
    Thank you, I love the blog
    x