USA, 2012, 105 Minute Running Time
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary, Woman Director
Program: True Stories
Marilyn Monroe is one of the most iconic symbols of glamour and raw female sexuality the movies have ever produced. Her story has been told thousands of times through books, articles and films – yet never as revealingly as in Liz Garbus’s documentary, which draws on hundreds of never-before-seen personal papers, diaries and letters, as well as newly released home movies, photos and outtakes.
Rather than choose one actress to voice Monroe’s words, Garbus collaborates with a dozen contemporary actors – Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle, Lindsay Lohan, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood – to offer a vivid, prismatic, literally multi-faceted portrait of the private Marilyn.
It’s a choice that speaks eloquently to how deeply Monroe resonates with her peers, even half a century since her untimely death. To round out the picture, we also hear the reminiscences and insights of friends and admirers: Elia Kazan, Gloria Steinem and Truman Capote, among others (voiced by the likes of Adrien Brody, Hope Davis and Jeremy Piven).
“Beautifully-made […] lucid and thoughtful.” Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
DIRECTOR: Liz Garbus
Producer: Stanley F Buchthal, Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby
Editor: Azin Samari
Screenwriter: Liz Garbus
Cinematographer: Maryse Alberti
Music: Philip Sheppard
Principal Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Lindsay Lohan, Evan Rachel Wood, Ben Foster, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti, Viola Davis, Jeremy Piven, Ellen Burstyn, Adrien Brody, Marisa Tomei, Glenn Close
Filmography: There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (2011), Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011), Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech (2009), Coma (2007), The Farm: Angola, USA (1998)
Print Source: HBO Documentary - www.hbo.com