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Love, Marilyn

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Liz Garbus

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Plot Summary

Marilyn Monroe invented a public persona that concealed a private side known only to her closest confidants. This is a woman who did not believe true love was possible, and yet sought it all her life. This is an actress who, at the height of her fame, abandoned Hollywood to study acting with Lee Strasberg because she wanted to be taken seriously. This is a wife who took pills because the husband she had saved from infamy no longer believed in her. Fifty years after her death, her creation still blazes brightly in our cultural imagination, while the creator continues to lurk in the shadows. Love, Marilyn brilliantly reverses this polarity, casting the icon aside and bringing the real woman to life. Drawing on never-before-seen personal papers, diaries and letters, Academy Award nominated director Liz Garbus works with acclaimed actors to evoke the multiple aspects of the real Marilyn - passion, ambition, insecurity, soul-searching, power and fear. Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle, Lindsay Lohan, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood each appear on screen to enact Marilyn's words. As Garbus re-invents the woman, she also reinvigorates the non-fiction form. It's fascinating to watch such distinct interpretations of the same real-life character, and Garbus weaves these performances together, along with newly released outtakes, home movies, photos, and interviews with Monroe's closest companions to create the most intimate picture yet of an American icon we all think we know. Rounding out this portrait, Adrien Brody, Hope Davis, Paul Giamatti, David Strathairn and others bring to life the writings of Marilyn's friends and admirers, completing the evocative image of this young woman who, over time, came to embrace life, friendship, and the possibility of her future. In Garbus' film, Marilyn finally gets what she always yearned for - a great role.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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62%
  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The intelligence and dynamism of Ms. Garbus's approach could hardly fail to make you appreciate Monroe's growth as an actor. – David DeWitt, New York Times, Nov 29, 2012

Fresh: I realized not just how much we don't know about Marilyn Monroe but how a lot of what we think we know is more of a construct than a reality. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Nov 28, 2012

Rotten: Fifty years after her death, the actress's corpse is still being picked over with ever-diminishing returns, as evidenced in Liz Garbus's garish, misguided documentary Love, Marilyn. – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, Nov 27, 2012

Fresh: A heartfelt and well-intentioned love letter to an already deeply beloved star, and for anyone who's still not convinced, the picture works hard to make the case for Monroe's gifts as an actress. – Stephanie Zacharek, NPR, Dec 13, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Wow

Looking forward to seeing the beautiful Marilyn

Consuming

I have seen it three times already, while it was on HBO. Any love you have had for her, I believe, will magnify after watching this. Whether it is accurate or not, I feel my love and compassion for her as a misguided human and beautiful talent, has grown deeply. I have been waiting since the summer to be able to own this, what I call, a piece of art.

Love, Marilyn
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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