A riveting feature documentary about Marilyn Monroe's first husband and boyfriend. He was her svengali, her lover and her friend. She loved him more than anyone on earth, and despite ...
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A riveting feature documentary about Marilyn Monroe's first husband and boyfriend. He was her svengali, her lover and her friend. She loved him more than anyone on earth, and despite Hollywood ordering her to divorce him, she still wanted to live with him, bear his children, and secretly keep him in her life. This film documents her secret life with him, and reveals startling secrets about Marilyn's true personae, her unknown illness, her frailties, fears and fantasies.Written by
I don't usually like documentaries. They can be plodding and unmoving. Finally, I got to see a documentary with depth and flow, and heart to it. Marilyn's Man blew me away with it's use of beautiful images of Marilyn and not the usual stuff you see. This shows a time when she was not famous and when she was innocent and unbroken by the ghouls of Hollywood. There are so many new images of her when she was Norma Jean Baker and not the jaded over- exposed Marilyn we all have in our minds. But even the never-before-seen images of her as superstar are shockingly revealing and multi-varied. She had so many looks as Marilyn Monroe and this comes out in the new images. While I would see this film for it's almost haunting mix of images and songs (a great soundtrack too!), it is the plain spoken words of her first husband (married to her when she was fresh and young and untouched by Fame) that adds the grounding that every documentary needs. We have to gather new info from a documentary and there is plenty of it. It's as if the director found the last squeeze of the Marily Monroe reality-toothpaste-tube. Bizarre! To my knowledge, Jim Dougherty has never been extensively interviewed by anyone about his years with Norma Jeane/Marily Monroe. You get a treasure trove of new info--told by the man who had this amazing Goddess first! My favorite scene is when Dougherty recalls waking up and seeing Norma Jeane sitting up in bed and staring out the window at the silver moon. She is in a state we all get into at times in our lives, wondering why we are on this planet and for what purpose. Then she asks Jim if he sees the beauty in the moon like her. During this flashback the incredibly beautiful music melts your senses too! Simply put, SEE THIS MOVIE! It has great flow and momentum. Make sure you bring some tissue though because your emotions might well up!
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