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Love, Marilyn

A film by Liz Garbus

Based on recently discovered diaries and letters, “Love, Marilyn” is mostly the voice of Marilyn Monroe spoken by a range of actors and contemporaneous observers in a collage by the director, Liz Garbus. But this slick documentary is also a respectful love letter to Monroe, presented here as a sexpot, feminist and Tennessee Williams heroine come to life, noble in her respect and need for a sensitive, considerate humanity. Some of the actors speaking Monroe’s words (with talent like Glenn Close and Viola Davis, no one is going for impersonation) do subtle, thoughtful work, linking many of Monroe’s worries to those that all actors face. (Uma Thurman, you nailed it.) Others get a bit cringe-worthy. (Ben Foster works way too hard in his effort to be cool with the language of Norman Mailer.) The star appearances alternate with material of Monroe herself, performing or giving interviews. “Love, Marilyn” is inventive but sometimes pretentious, a proud party of Monroe mania that we’re all but ordered to admire. Does it convince you that Monroe deserves worship? That won’t be settled in a brief review. But the intelligence and dynamism of Ms. Garbus’s approach could hardly fail to make you appreciate Monroe’s growth as an actor. (Clips of “The Prince and the Showgirl” prove that, as well as her communications with Lee Strasberg, her acting coach and mentor.) More so, you’ll have sympathy for the hard-working woman whose self-improvement lists included exhortations of things she “must” do and “never” should do. Courtesy: David DeWitt, New York TimesOfficial Trailer

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Directed by: 
Liz Garbus
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Featuring: Adrian Brody, Glenn Close, Paul Giamatti, Uma Thurman, Hope Davis, Marisa Tomei
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