Revisiting That ‘Itch’

Over at Pretty Clever Films, Robert Liwanag takes a fresh look at The Seven Year Itch.

“This was Monroe’s film through and through, and Billy Wilder was intelligent enough of a director to not only acknowledge that fact, but work around it – he simply let her take over. The Seven Year Itch is not so much a Billy Wilder film, but one of the many that reinforced Monroe’s ditzy persona and massive popularity at the time…Monroe, who at that time had already been typecast, gives her most sincere performance up until that point. She enrolled in the Actors Studio during filming, and her role as The Girl has always struck me as an attempt to prove how comfortable and exciting she was as an actress.”