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The Seven Year Itch

Home alone for the summer, a married man is tempted by a scene-stealing Marilyn Monroe

“Laughs come thick and fast” - Variety

After sending his family on holiday, New York businessman Richard (Tom Ewell) stays behind to work through the summer. Little does he know that temptation is about to come knocking when a model (Marilyn Monroe) moves into the apartment upstairs.

Though constrained by the Hays Code, The Seven Year Itch demonstrates how Hollywood filmmakers tried to keep up with unrestricted European cinema and differentiate cinema from TV  by pushing the boundaries of what was allowed on screen. The result? One of the most iconic scenes in cinema.

For the first time in Wilder’s career, the narrative is propelled by the pursuit of an extramarital affair, and Monroe’s character, who to many symbolises the crossroad in Richard’s life, is celebrated for her sexuality instead of punished.

  • WRITER & DIRECTOR: Billy Wilder
  • Duration: 105 mins
  • Country: United States of America
  • Language: English
  • Date: 1955
  • Format: DCP, Colour
  • Courtesy: Park Circus
  • Source: Park Circus
  • Rating: PG

Event starts
Sunday 6 January, 2019
Event Ends
Saturday 12 January, 2019
Venue
ACMI
Venue Address
Federation Square, Flinders St
Location

Melbourne,

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Category
Screenings, Festivals & Programs