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Monday, February 14, 2011

I want to be loved by you ooh ooh oohhhh

And no body else but you.........boooop boopy doo...

There is no one else like Marilyn Monroe. Plenty of starlets, tons of beautiful blonds, many upon many pretty actresses but no one like Marilyn. In our first glimmers, "The Asphalt Jungle" and "All About Eve" its the camera that loves her, a movement, whisper, a few frames and its clearly there...that something. 

Captivating, romantic, wistful, a strength and a vulnerability ....

"Don't Bother to Knock" (1952) - Eerie & unusual - this is the film that set a personality for the actress that seems to carry over - the lost and a little bit crazy girl. It shows the potential in this young woman as an actress. 

"Niagara" (1953) - One year later, the uber blond bombshell appears in full force. A cute but nothing movie. Fun to watch. Joseph Cotton seems a little over dramatic, but a good film overall.
"Let's Make Love" (1960)- There is something secretive, playful and joyful on screen here, along with segments of tension - the script is so-so, the songs are fairly decent...but there is an under current....

"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) - Another case of the book being so (WAY) much better than the film- but Marilyn is showcased here in such a fun, rompy way - The musical scenes and the flirty moments are extremely well done. Howard Hawks does a terrific job of reigning in his two 'Stars'. One of Marilyn's best films. 

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