‘THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH’ (1955): A FILM BY BILLY WILDER

November 15, 2012 Film Reviews

 

There comes a time in relationships, where couples momentarily part company and seek solitude for rest, rejuvenation and recreation. And it is what transpires during this hiatus that tests the resilience of their union and makes for the most interesting and dramatic viewing.

In The Seven Year Itch (1955), co-writer/director Billy Wilder immerses us in the world of Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell), a native of Manhattan who, like many other husbands of his Manhattan milieu, sends his wife and child away for the summer. Temporarily severed from the constraints of marital life – the

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‘KIDS’ (1995): A FILM BY LARRY CLARK

November 15, 2012 Essays on Film

In recent decades virginity has emerged as a staple of contemporary cinema, most notably that lucrative genre known as the teen flick. Some directors have approached the topic from a satirical angle (the American Pie franchise, The Virginity Hit, In Virgin Territory), while others have opted for ostensibly darker, terrifying and murderous interpretations (like the horror caper Teeth). In American photographer Larry Clark’s directorial debut Kids (1995), virginity is more closely situated within the excesses and anxieties of adolescence.

An opening sequence can set the theme and tone of an

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