The Seven Year Itch: Consumerism, Gender Roles, Sexuality & 1950’s America

(This essay focuses on my favorite Marilyn Monroe film, The Seven Year Itch, and discusses the ways in which the film reflected the mainstream cultural landscape of America, as well as the ways it helped shaped it.) Billy Wilder’s 1955 film, The Seven Year Itch, manages to capture a nation on the brink of a … Continue reading

Bruce Davidson Photography: The Jokers, Brooklyn Gang (1959)

“Bruce Davidson’s 1959 project, Brooklyn Gang, is an intimate photographic study of a rebellious Brooklyn teenage gang, who called themselves The Jokers. Not only is Davidson’s work a sincere portrayal of troubled teenagers coming of age, but it also acts as a documentation of teenage life during 1950s, exposing the emotional climate of that time … Continue reading