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Marilyn Monroe: Still Life
Running Time: 55 minutes
Cast: Eve Arnold, Joe DiMaggio, Hugh M. Hefner, Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller, Thelma Ritter, Gloria Steinem...
Director: Gail Levin
Description: [Screening @ the Tiburon Film Society]
There is an oft told tale of Marilyn Monroe walking down a New York City street, incognito, turn to her companion and saying, "Do you want to see her?" With that, she threw off all vestiges of Norma Jean and miraculously transformed. There were no grand gestures, no change of clothes, no make-It was a simple shift, a slithering out of one skin into the other.
Arguably the most photographed person ever, the "outing" of Marilyn is something she looked at with both skepticism and awe. She once said "I carry Marilyn Monroe around with me like an albatross." In this film, the filmmaker offers a unique take on one of the world's first superstars by turning to the still photographs that captured Monroe's beauty, her complexity and, ultimately, her own complicated relationship with the star side of herself.
Still Life looks at Marilyn from the inside out. Ultimately, it was the camera that was her friend and the rules of friendship applied - they respected each other. The unremarkable girl with the amazing smile. The sex goddess. The great dame. The movie star in the snapshots taken by enlisted men in Korea. The worldwide seductress. She was, as Some Like it Hot director Billy Wilder described her, an original. "The first day a photographer took a picture of her," he said "she was a genius."
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