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

Wilder, Monroe, and Ewell on the set of The Seven Year Itch. New York City, 1954.

(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

Ayn Rand On Marilyn Monroe (August 1962)

This commentary by Ayn Rand, excerpted from The Voice of Reason, was originally published in the Los Angeles Times, two weeks after Marilyn Monroe’s death on August 5, 1962. At the time, Rand had begun writing a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times, and subsequently found her writing in national syndication. Despite the consistent notoriety … Continue reading

The Seven Year Itch: Sex, Consumerism, & The Post War Nation

Billy Wilder’s 1955 film, The Seven Year Itch, manages to capture a nation on the brink of a sexual revolution, a cultural uprising in consumerism, and the state of mainstream entertainment. Through the relationship of pulp novelette executive, Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell), and his voluptuous upstairs neighbor, who is referred to only as The Girl … Continue reading