Marylin Monroe's "The Seven Year Itch" shot, in which her white dress billowed up, is an iconic cinematic moment of all time and now the behind-the-scenes story has been unveiled. An old home-shot footage has surfaced that shows the scene being shot, reported Variety. It was on September 15, 1964, that director of the film Billy Wilder and Monroe were scheduled to film the scene on a sidewalk in New York. But the crowd of journalists and bystanders, which included Monroe's husband Joe DiMaggio, who famously hated the dress, turned rowdy that the duo were forced to re-shoot the scene on the 20th Century Fox lot. Among the crowd, then was a man called Jules Schulback, who followed Monroe and captured the scene on film. Now the New York Times website has put up Schulback's illuminating footage which has been edited down to a 12-second video. Schulback's granddaughter Bonnie Siegler and her husband Jeff Scher found the footage in a plastic bag filled with old films that he had made of family trips, bar mitzvahs and more. The original short film is 3 minutes and 17 seconds long.
It features humorous title cards which Schulback had added in, and captures Monroe in a second-floor window blow-drying her hair. The footage then cuts to the icon standing on the subway grate preparing to shoot the scene.
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