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Love, Marilyn (2012)

Modern day celebrities interpret excerpts from memoirs written by people who knew Marilyn Monroe as well as her recently discovered personal journals and letters.

Director:

Liz Garbus

Writers:

Liz Garbus, Marilyn Monroe (personal papers) | 9 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
F. Murray Abraham ... Self - Reader
Elizabeth Banks ... Self - Reader
Adrien Brody ... Self - Reader
Ellen Burstyn ... Self - Reader & Interviewee
Glenn Close ... Self - Reader
Hope Davis ... Self - Reader
Viola Davis ... Self - Reader
Jennifer Ehle ... Self - Reader
Ben Foster ... Self - Reader
Jack Huston ... Self - Reader
Stephen Lang ... Self - Reader
Lindsay Lohan ... Self - Reader
Janet McTeer ... Self - Reader
Jeremy Piven ... Self - Reader
Oliver Platt ... Self - Reader
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Storyline

Of all the stars in Hollywood's history, no one had a more potent mix of glamor and tragedy than Marilyn Monroe. Through performed readings of her personal papers, this film explores the life and personal thoughts of this seminal movie star and how she achieved her dream with determination and audacity. Furthermore, through additional readings and interviews of her colleagues and acquaintances, we also follow her emotional self-destruction under the sexist pressures of Hollywood until her premature death in 1962. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Trivia

Norma Jeane got her stage name when an executive at Fox told if she wanted to be a star, she would have to change her name. He told her she resembled Broadway actress Marilyn Miller, which gave her the first name Marilyn. Monroe was her mother's maiden name. See more »

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The Light
Written by James Lavalle
Performed by Jimmy LaValle
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I didn't "love Marilyn"
20 June 2013 | by mpurvismattpSee all my reviews

When I saw this documentary was on HBO I tuned in and wanted to see what it was all about, I wasn't that impressed. The letters straight from Marilyn's thoughts were interesting and heartfelt but having them read by Hollywooace actors just didn't work that well In my opinion. When SOME of these A listers read from the aforementioned letters they seemed like they themselves were making it all about them and not Marilyn at all. The lines from the letters were often over dramatized and poorly executed and would have been more effective had they just come from an unseen source. Overall this film seemed like it made everyone else out to be the bad guy when it came to Marilyn's unhappiness and misfortune and maybe that was the case, who can say. Although when Marilyn didn't know her lines and often didn't show up to the set for a variety of reasons I'm sure that it could wear on a director or producer who was probably under the gun to finish the picture as it is. Although Marilyn was often trouble on the set her performances on the big screen were always pure, genuine and special but the film made her out to be a troubled pawn in the chess game of Hollywood life and to me the film could have been more objective at times. Overall this is not a bad film (especially if you love Marilyn) but nothing to write home about, pun intended.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

16 May 2013 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Fragments: Marilyn Monroe See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,000, 2 December 2012

Gross USA:

$6,950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,950
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