Film Review: 'Love, Marilyn'

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★★★☆☆ Liz Garbus' latest documentary, Love, Marilyn (2012), opens with a bold gambit; reminding us that its subject has previously been the focus of hundreds of books. This move creates an immediate air of expectation that will lead viewers to anticipate something startlingly new from what is to follow. The trump card that Garbus has up her sleeve is the recent discovery of the star's personal journals which offer the potential for revelations and a more intimate portrait than ever before. Sadly, whilst it proves stylistically innovative and emotionally thoughtful, Love, Marilyn rarely offers a deeper insight into the Hollywood icon.

In order to relay Monroe's story, Garbus has pulled together an eclectic group of actors to read extracts not just from the newly published journals, but also a range of the other books mentioned at the outset. Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and even
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