Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus draws upon never-before-seen personal correspondence, diary entries, and letters to reveal an unknown Marilyn Monroe. The person 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 Monroe’s own words, bringing out multiple aspects of the actress' character and personality. Elizabeth Banks, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Lindsay Lohan, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood are among those who appear. Male actors perform the observations of men Monroe 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 character 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 Monroe back to life.
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