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The Seven Year Itch (1955)



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Tom Ewell is perfectly cast in this highly amusing comedy about a happily married man who gets an "itch" to taste, once again, the wilder life of bachelorhood. Marilyn Monroe ignites the itch as a neighbor who visits while his wife is away.

The stroke of genius was to have Ewell narrate his own thought processes and daydreams and longings, which are brought to life visually as well. The human brain is a complicated thing. Every moment of our lives, we filter rogue thoughts and renegade urges before they manifest themselves as speech and action. But the film's narration allows us to peek behind the curtains, and the film's crackling script shows us just how funny a thing the mind is.