Once a week on Monday, Uncle Bardie shares a movie with his Readers he gives a big two thumbs up. It will simply be a short excerpt or a trailer. Uncle Bardie might even throw in a reflection on the movie. If so, it will make an appearance below the video. So pop some popcorn and give yourself a treat. This week’s movie is
Billy Wilder. Man, could that guy make movies. He made some of the bestest movies in the fifties. “Sunset Boulevard”, “Stalag 17”, “Witness for the Prosecution”, “Some Like It Hot” and “The Apartment”. But I got to tell you one of my favs of his is “Seven Year Itch”.
It’s got the sexiest woman in the world, Marilyn Monroe. You’d think Wilder would have matched her up with Clark Gable, Cary Grant or one of the other leading men of the time who could make the women swoon. He didn’t. Her opposite is the comic actor Tom Ewell, playing a mild mannered schmuck, Richard Sherman, a publishing exec.
It’s New York City in the fifties, it’s summer and the guys, who can afford it, are sending the wife and the fam out of town for the summer. So Mrs. Sherman and Junior are sent packing for the wilds of Maine. Mr. Mild Mannered is told to watch his weight, to not smoke and to not drink as wife and kiddie say goodbye at the train station. He is bound and determined to make sure he follows orders. It was what the doctor ordered; it is what he will do.
Now many of us think that vegetarianism was a recent invention. Not true. Right there in New York City, Mr. Mild Mannered has his first evening meal in a vegetarian restaurant. “Health food, that’s the stuff. The human body is a very delicate machine. A precision instrument. You can’t run it on martinis and Hungarian goulash,” MM says. It sounds like he is trying to convince himself.
Then MM goes home. No television for him. He is going to do some reading. This is when all hell breaks loose.
Do you have a favorite director?