With director Liz Garbus
MFAH | WED NOV 7 | 7:00 PM
Director: Liz Garbus
Cinematographer: Maryse Alberti
Producer: Stanley Buchthal, Amy Hobby
Editor: Azin Samari
Composer: Philip Sheppard
Cast: Marisa Tomei, Uma Thurman, Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody,
Viola Davis, Paul Giamatti, Lindsay Lohan, Lili Taylor, Evan Rachel Wood
Running time: 105 min.
Academy Award®–nominated director Liz Garbus draws upon never-before-seen personal correspondence, diary entries, and letters to reveal an unknown Marilyn Monroe. The Monroe who emerges, writes Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman, is “not the walking sex bomb, or the dysfunctionally insecure child-woman, either (though she could, on occasions, be both), but a dauntingly complex woman who was far more ambitious than she’s commonly given credit for, who rigorously achieved everything that she did.”
Garbus works with acclaimed actors who perform Marilyn’s own words, bringing out multiple aspects of her character and personality. Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Lindsay Lohan, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood each appear on screen to enact Marilyn’s words. Male actors perform the observations of men she fascinated, including Truman Capote (Adrien Brody), Elia Kazan (Jeremy Piven), and Norman Mailer (Ben Foster). The remarkable range of Monroe’s self-awareness, ambition, and intelligence, and the complexity of her personality come to life through the diversity of interpretations that Garbus weaves together. At the same time, the over-mythologized Marilyn is re-anchored as a human being by the unfamiliar outtakes, home movies, photos, and interviews the filmmaker has unearthed. Through an adventurous expansion of traditional documentary form, Love, Marilyn brings Marilyn Monroe back to life.