In a short review essay (2-3 double-spaced pages) answer one of the questions listed
below. Essay due: beginning of class, March 15.
The Seven Year Itch is a satire as well as a "sophisticated" comedy, and
among its targets are American attitudes toward sex, marriage, gender roles, etc.
What is the movie saying about marriage, gender, and sexual relations in 1950s America?
The Seven Year Itch was based on a very successful Broadway play. Not far
beneath the surface of the dialogue of the play and the movie is a critique of Richard
Sherman's (and the audience's) middle-class tastes and values. Discuss some of the
targets of the film's satire and the ways in which they are criticized.
Modern household conveniences feature prominently in the movie -- e.g., air conditioning,
kitchen appliances, etc. What do they tell you about the social and economic status
of the Sherman family? What does Richard Sherman's use of them tell you about his
role in the family?