Sabrina and The Seven Year Itch
Samuel Taylor's play Sabrina Fair: A Woman of the World had been submitted to Paramount in typescript months before the New York premiere in November 1953. A reader in the story department turned in an enthusiastic report on the play, and this prompted Billy Wilder to get Paramount to purchase the film rights immediately. Wilder's decision turned out to be a wise one. An overview of the story of this play is presented. Sabrina was hailed by the critics as a charming and hugely entertaining love story; Frederick Hollander's dreamy score and Charles Lang's slick visuals were the icing on the cake. It was also Wilder's last picture with Paramount. Thus, his first project outside Paramount was The Seven Year Itch. There was little risk in choosing this film because it seemed almost guaranteed to be a blockbuster movie. The story is set in New York City during a boiling hot summer. This picture also helped to pave the way for more artistic freedom in the making of Hollywood movies. In addition, it was enthusiastically received by reviewers as a sizzling sex farce beautifully mounted in CinemaScope.
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