Marilyn Monroe invented a public persona that concealed a private side known only to her closest confidants. This is an actress who, at the height of her fame, abandoned Hollywood to study acting with Lee Strasberg because she wanted to be taken seriously. This is a wife who took pills because the husband she had saved from infamy no longer believed in her. Fifty years after her death, her creation still blazes brightly in our cultural imagination, while the creator continues to lurk in the shadows. Love, Marilyn brilliantly reverses this polarity, casting the icon aside and bringing the real woman to life.
Drawing on never-before-seen personal papers, diaries and letters, Academy Award®-nominated director Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola USA, Bobby Fischer Against the World) works with acclaimed actors to evoke the multiple aspects of the real Marilyn. Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle, Lindsay Lohan, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood appear on screen to enact Marilyn’s words and Garbus weaves these performances together, along with newly released out-takes, home movies, photos and interviews with Monroe’s closest companions to create the most intimate picture yet of an American icon we all think we know.
Toronto International Film Festival