Read my tribute to Richard C. Miller, one of Marilyn’s first photographers, here
A New York movie tour includes a stop by the grating where Marilyn Monroe filmed The Seven Year Itch – see ScreenTours for more details.
And Marilyn’s two classic comedies with director Billy Wilder are showing in Connecticut this weekend – The Seven Year Itch at the Criterion Cinema in New Haven, and Some Like it Hot at Bow Tie Place 17 in Hartford.
Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
“A deliriously gender-bending exercise in over-the-top comic mania, Billy Wilder’s masterpiece features the best-ever performance from that underrated comedic master, Marilyn Monroe. Monroe sparkles as a romantic heroine with a self-deprecating streak, and Lemmon and Curtis are an ideal odd couple, years before Lemmon starred in The Odd Couple. ‘Nobody’s perfect, as the film deliciously reminds us, but Some Like It Hot comes close.”
2 – Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) – “A parody of the gangster genre but what a film! One of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. And it has Marilyn Monroe. You must go to the store now and buy this DVD because MGM just released a 2-disc remastered version. (If you own the older version that was released a few years ago please discard and buy this disc!) The 2-disc version is anamorphic, has sharper and cleaner detail, and correct black levels (important for black & white films on DVD. Just watch Woody Allen’s Manhattan on DVD for comparison; it’s way too dark and shadowy). The second disc contains a ton of extras. Did I mention Marilyn Monroe?”
Film critic J.E. Snaveley, The Cinematheque
“I am tired. I am searching for a way to play this role. My whole life has always depressed me. How can I play such a gay girl, young and full of hope?”
A quote from Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe
Tony Curtis, who starred in Some Like it Hot (1959), has died aged 85.
There could hardly be a more perfect setting for a Marilyn Monroe movie season than the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. The screenings accompany the Marilyn: Life as a Legend exhibit, which runs from October 23 through to January 2.
Nice to see two of Monroe’s lesser-known films on schedule: Don’t Bother to Knock (a 1952 thriller containing one of Monroe’s most impressive dramatic performances) and River of No Return, a visually arresting Cinemascope western from 1954, with some great musical numbers from Marilyn (though a bit light on realism!)
November 12, 2010
Don’t Bother to Knock(1952) 76 min. Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Niagara (1953) 92 min. Directed by Henry Hathaway
November 19, 2010
River of No Return(1954) 91 min. Directed by Otto Preminger
December 3, 2010
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(1953) 91 min. Directed by Howard Hawks
How to Marry a Millionaire(1953) 95 min. Directed by Dir. Jean Negulesco
December 10, 2010
Some Like It Hot(1959) 120 min. Directed by Billy Wilder
Pittsburgh author and journalist Barry Paris will introduce the film.
December 17, 2010
The Misfits(1961) 124 min. Directed by John Huston
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