This year’s Cannes Film Festival has been postponed, the Deccan Herald reports – as this famous mural of Marilyn, painted onto the Cannes Riviera Hotel, watches over an empty Boulevard D’Alsace (learn more about the city’s movie-inspired murals here.)
When Argentine actress Camila Morrone turned out for the Cannes premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood this week, she wore a Bvlgari Cinemagia necklace – inspired by Marilyn’s performance of ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’ in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, as Nafeesa Saini reports for Prestige Online. Although rising star Camila, there to support boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio, has been compared to screen goddess Sophia Loren, she eschews glamour in her latest film, Mickey And The Bear. But as a recent AFP interview reveals, her Monroe homage is no accident…
“Morrone looks up to Charlize Theron — another former catwalk beauty, who won an Oscar for Monster — though she has a soft spot for Marilyn Monroe who ‘never stopped trying to be a good actor… All she wanted was for someone to say she had talent.'”
Dr Mathilde Krim, a pioneering geneticist and campaigner for AIDS research, has died aged 91, the New York Times reports.
Born in Italy, she studied in Geneva and worked in Israel before moving to New York. In 1958 she married entertainment lawyer Arthur B. Krim, head of United Artists (the independent studio that produced Some Like It Hot and The Misfits.)
On May 19, 1962, the Krims hosted a party at their home on East 69th Street for performers and selected guests from President John F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday gala – including JFK and brother Bobby, Maria Callas, Jack Benny, Shirley MacLaine and Marilyn.
During the 1960s, the Krims supported the civil rights movement, enlisting celebrities to the cause. They also campaigned for independence in Rhodesia and South Africa, gay rights and other civil liberties. Arthur Krim died in 1994.
In 1985, Mathilde formed the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR), with actress Elizabeth Taylor as International Chairwoman. Among their many successful programs are the promotion of needle exchanges, and encouraging condom use and other safe sex practices.
Mathilde was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton in 2000, and in 2014, AmfAR hosted a Marilyn-themed Cinema Against AIDS gala at the Cannes Film Festival.
AmfAR, the charity founded by Mathilde Krim and Elizabeth Taylor, will dedicate this year’s Cinema Against AIDS gala at the Cannes Film Festival to Marilyn, reports Women’s Wear Daily. (Dr Krim was the wife of Arthur B. Krim, the entertainment lawyer who hosted a party at his home after the John F. Kennedy birthday gala in 1962. Marilyn brought Isidore Miller along. And while she never visited Cannes, MM was chosen as the festival’s poster girl back in 2012.)
Exclusive designs by leading houses from Salvatore Ferragamo to Alexander McQueen will be unveiled. Among the celebrities involved are Sharon Stone, Harvey Weinstein and Milla Jovovich, and Lana Del Rey is set to perform a song or two.
“The amfAR benefit on May 22, widely considered the social highlight of the annual Cannes Film Festival in France, will stage a red-themed fashion show of gowns created for the occasion. After shining a spotlight on the colors black and gold in previous years, Carine Roitfeld, who is overseeing the runway show for the third time, said she wanted to dedicate the show to Monroe.
‘She searched for love all her life, and I think she would have been a big supporter of the foundation,’ she told WWD.”
The 65th Cannes Film Festival has now begun, with Marilyn as its poster girl (and a tribute performance of ‘Candle in the Wind’ from Beth Ditto.)
Across the Atlantic, Seward Johnson’s controversial 26ft sculpture, ‘Forever Marilyn’, has been moved from Chicago’s Miracle Mile to Palm Springs, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Gossip singer Beth Ditto performed Elton John’s tribute to Marilyn, ‘Candle in the Wind’, at last night’s opening ceremony for the Cannes Film Festival.
Beth’s cream ruched dress is similar to the one worn by Marilyn in her 1952 photo session with Philippe Halsman.
Watch video here
More photos of Beth here
Peter Bradshaw, film critic at The Guardian, celebrates the face of this year’s Cannes Film Festival – MM.
“I am perhaps eccentric in finding Monroe slightly less sexy than Jane Russell in Howard Hawks’s ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’. Russell’s performance is the more real: more worldly, knowing, tolerant, amused. But Monroe is effortlessly funny, and nothing Russell says matches Monroe’s sensational speech: ‘Don’t you know that a man being rich is like a girl being pretty? You wouldn’t marry a girl just because she’s pretty – but my goodness, doesn’t it help?’ There is a sublime quality to her delivery: when her character sees their cruise ship cabin, she says: ‘My, it’s just like a room, isn’t it?’ Her talent was conscious, and she understood how comedy achieved its effects.
It wasn’t until recently that I read her forthright, dyspeptic demolition of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ in its final cut, expressed in a memorandum addressed to her colleagues, including Laurence Olivier: ‘I am afraid that as it stands it will not be as successful as the version all of us agreed was so fine. Especially in the first third of the picture the pacing has been slowed and one comic point after another has been flattened out by substituting inferior takes with flatter performances lacking the brightness that you saw in New York. Some of the jump-cutting kills the points, as in the fainting scene. The coronation is as long as before if not longer, and the story gets lost in it …’
This is not a vulnerable icon speaking, nor the shaman-goddess of America’s unconscious, but a tough, shrewd professional with the sort of insight and technical knowledge unavailable to most critics and writers. (Every biographer broods on how Monroe inherited bipolar disorder and schizophrenia from her mother; I like to think she also inherited her cinematic professionalism from this woman, who was an assistant editor, or negative cutter, at Consolidated Studios, a job that nowadays gets you a name-check in the closing credits.)
Whether Monroe could have got more serious roles is beside the point. A more interesting question is: could she have been a director? I like to think that if she had been alive today, Cannes might have given her directorial debut a break – perhaps in the Critic’s Week section. At any rate, Cannes 2012’s poster is fine by me. I just wish the festival had gone further and screened some of her greatest films: Howard Hawks’s glorious ‘Monkey Business’, with Cary Grant; ‘All About Eve’, in which the beguiling newcomer stood poised to steal the older star’s crown; ‘The Misfits’, and ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’. All these performances, in their various tonal registers – dark, light, happy, sexy, rueful – show again and again the quality that made her a poster girl in the first place: that sublime gift for comedy.”
A few weeks ago the Cannes Film Festival official poster, featuring a classic photo of Marilyn blowing out a birthday candle, was revealed. Now the Telegraph reports that Chopard, who are sponsoring the festival, have created a jewelled tribute to Monroe, to be worn by a mystery guest at the festival’s opening night on May 16. They are also hosting ‘Marilyn Forever’, an exhibition of photos by Milton Greene, which will subsequently tour worldwide.