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My Week With Marilyn
Based on the memories of Colin Clark, this movie recounts his time getting to know Marilyn Monroe while she was in England shooting The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier.
Film Review  November 25, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Colin Clark was 23 years old when the most famous movie star in the world, Marilyn Monroe, came to England to co-star with acting legend Sir Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl, which Olivier was also directing. Young and well-connected, Clark wangled himself a job as the film’s third assistant director (otherwise known as an uncredited gofer)..."

My Obsession: Norma Jean & Marilyn
How HBO’s Monroe biopic highlighted the need for #MeToo
Screens Column  November 15, 2018, by Britt Hayes
"...While these TV movies still stand out in my mind (obviously), few left quite the impression that Norma Jean & Marilyn did. Like those Lifetime dramas, HBO's Marilyn Monroe biopic has taken on a new dimension in the context of society's current reckoning with serial sexual abusers, primarily because it stars two of Harvey Weinstein's prominent accusers: Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino...."

America's Mortal Goddess
AFS Essential Cinema enchants with Marilyn Monroe
Screens Story  May 31, 2013, by Margaret Moser
"..."Dear Marilyn ..." There, below the famously simple nameplate on Marilyn Monroe's remains in Westwood Cemetery, Los Angeles, a note wrapped around a single red rose lay on the ground...."

Calendar Girl
Mere calendars would be insufficient to gauge the sense of time one experiences while watching this movie. Eons might be a proper context if one were to give it much...

Film Review  September 10, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Set in 1962, Calendar Girl's fatal error is that it is a nostalgia piece designed for today's teen fans of Beverly Hills 90210 who, not unsurprisingly, have no nostalgia whatsoever for the period depicted in the movie. The premise entails three 18-year-old boys from Nevada who journey to Hollywood, California to tell their idol Marilyn Monroe that they adore her..."

Ruby has the look of a cheap knockoff hustled along to cash in on the success of Oliver Stone's JFK. They get the period details right and the cheesy sets...
Film Review  April 3, 1992, by Kathleen Maher
"...As Candy Cane, Fenn, the beautiful Audrey from Twin Peaks, plays the same sort of pouty innocent. Her performance is a competent Marilyn Monroe impersonation, which probably does have some historical validity but her presence in the movie seems gratuitous and contrived..."

An Open Letter to Reno, Nevada...
Reno: Not such a great place for movies
DAILY Screens  June 24, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...You see, earlier today I decided I would go and rent your classic drama The Misfits from one of your many splendid corporate DVD rental facilities. As all the world knows, John Huston's magnificent western elegiac was shot right here in good old Reno -- that's you! -- and then I thought mabye tomorrow I might go visit some of the original shooting sites once trod upon by the likes of Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Monty "The Right Profile" Clift...."

Norma Jean & Marilyn
Screens Story  March 7, 1997
"...The juxtapositions and duality of Marilyn Monroe's life are illustrated with chilling literalness in HBO's Norma Jean & Marilyn. Judd, as Norma Jean Baker before her Hollywood makeover, and Sorvino, as the actress after the metamorphosis into Marilyn, occupy the screen at the same time as separate characters..."

Letters at 3AM: The Return of Our Angel
Marilyn Monroe has returned to us recently in various guises
Columns  March 9, 2012, by Michael Ventura
"...Marilyn Monroe said that, and I don't blame her, nor would I dare judge her. But she's returned to us in various guises recently, and, since she's back, a visiting angel, she invites contemplation – as she always did..."

Letters at 3am
Columns  October 10, 1997, by Michael Ventura
"...illustration by Jason Stout Thomas Jefferson would have to take the cake as the American figure who most closely approximates Hamlet -- by "Hamlet" I mean a figure whose appeal and influence derive from the very contradictions that torture him most deeply. But Marilyn Monroe would be a close second: Lady Hamlet..."

A Stone for Norman Mailer
Columns  June 12, 1998, by Michael Ventura
"...(Ethnic envy?) He wrote of boxers (fancied himself a talented amateur); film stars (he directed and starred in several independent features); serial killers and assassins (he was arrested once for stabbing his wife with a penknife, and had killed in combat); CIA operatives (he had no known connection to the CIA); presidents (he ran for mayor of New York). He wrote a novella of Marilyn Monroe and a novel about Jesus, both in the first person..."

All About Eve
A record 14 Oscar nominations for the cast and crew, this show-biz classic is as wicked and sophisticated as they come.
Film Review  June 4, 1999
"...Mankiewicz. Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Marilyn Monroe and Barbara Bates..."

River of No Return
This is a swell CinemaScope movie that shows off the landscape and Marilyn Monroe to their best advantages. It's fun watching Mitchum and Monroe heat things up in the Old West; Monroe is at her most luminous as a saloon singer with a heart of gold.
Film Review  July 22, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Otto Preminger. Starring: Rory Calhoun, Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum..."

Joe DiMaggio's Italian Chophouse
Joe DiMaggio's Italian Chophouse has perfectly made drinks, a solid selection of fish and steak, as well as an ambiance that suggests Joe and Marilyn are nuzzling in the next booth
Food Review  June 27, 2008, by Wes Marshall
"...He was also proud of his hometown of San Francisco. That's where he eloped with Marilyn Monroe in 1954..."

Fortunate Son
Bass player to the stars, past and present, Mark Andes
Music Story  May 19, 2006, by Margaret Moser
"...One of the most striking images is a magazine cover of his father Keith with Marilyn Monroe in a love-clinch. Mark resembles his drop-dead handsome father, who began his film career in 1947's The Farmer's Daughter with Loretta Young..."

There's No Business Like Show Business
Ethel Merman and Marilyn Monroe all in one movie - each doing some of her best work. Credit Irving Berlin....
Film Review  August 19, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Walter Lang. Starring: Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe and Mitzi Gaynor..."

Play It Again, Sam
All About Eve (1950)
Screens Story  June 3, 1999
"...All About Eve D: Joseph L. Mankiewicz; with Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Bates...."

Mister Lonely
Oddly, Harmony Korine's film may be his most accessible as a director, featuring characters and images that are unforgettable – even if they don't add up to a complete narrative or visual whole.
Film Review  June 6, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Most of Mister Lonely's characters are celebrity impersonators who live out their dreams in a 24/7 state of perpetual make-believe in a commune housed in a castle in the Scottish Highlands. The Michael Jackson look-alike (Luna) meets Marilyn Monroe (Morton) while performing his act in a nursing home in Paris..."

Saint Jackie
It was with high expectations of low class that Stephen MacMillan Moser embarked upon the latest crop of books about Jackie O. But shortly into it, he found himself thinking, "Where's the dirt?"
Books Story  June 9, 2000, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...He presents much new material, including unpublished oral histories from the JFK and LBJ libraries, and correspondence between Jackie and Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson over a period of 40 years. He provides new insight into Jackie's reaction to Marilyn Monroe's death..."

Always at the Carlyle
Behind-the-scenes at NYC's legendary hotel is just PR fluff.
Film Review  June 1, 2018, by Danielle White
"...There’s this coy, playful air about it that reads like a PR gimmick. The juiciest piece of “history” uncovered is that there may or may not be a tunnel Marilyn Monroe used to visit JFK, but this rumor quickly fizzles..."

The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Gum King
How Andy Paris cornered the market
Screens Story  February 23, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...The Andy Paris story is a genuine rags-to-riches to IRS audits all-American tale, complete with briefcases stuffed full of cash, Mexican pistoleros, midnight border runs in a snazzy Caddy, and the Spanish-fluent son of Greek immigrants manufacturing mountains of the chewy, gooey, DayGlo pink candy in McAllen, Texas, with the help of his all-Mexican workforce and investors. Did I mention the dashing Paris – he resembles no one so much as The Thin Man-era William Powell – also dated Marilyn Monroe and was "the most photographed man in America" two years running, this in addition to making the cover of Life magazine? Also of note: He taught Natalie Wood to blow the finest quality bubbles with his trademark chew..."

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