Marilyn In Manhattan (1998)

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An exclusive look at Marilyn Monroe just before her tragic end. Set in New York City in the 50's - It's a surprising documentary that captures the movie legend as she runs with Broadway pals from the Actors Studio. Ben Gazzara and Susan Strasberg tell of their nights studying with her while she tried to shake the Hollywood "dumb blonde" image. She befriends singer Ella Fitzgerald and goes to Harlem for jazz, In the "Village" Marilyn and Brando find young actors to share coffee and movie tales. Home movies give us rare footage into her marriage to Arthur Miller. And, Milton Greene's black and white still photos are a collector's delight. But, at its heart this documentary is filled with stories told by people who've spoken for the first time about a Marilyn "conspiracy." Secret midnight plane flights from LA to NYC . . . Studio contracts dumped . . . Powerful men challenged. In the end, the film discovers a desperate Marilyn unable to sustain a new life without Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra and JFK.
Rating: NR
Genre: Documentary , Television
Directed By: John Parsons Peditto
In Theaters: wide
Runtime:
Virgil Films

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Cynthia Adler
as Narrator
Cynthia Adler
as Narrator
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"Marilyn in Manhattan" explores the final days of the famed actress before her sad (and early) exit from this planet. This documentary shows that there was much more to this actress than a dumb blonde, and her insecurities about the stereotype. Nothing really stands out to make this a must-see documentary, but it certainly captures a Marilyn that we didn't typically see on screen. I was drawn to this film by the alleged conspiracy that is mentioned in the introduction, but the film goes by without truly revealing anything. "Marilyn in Manhattan" is a good way to get a behind-the-scenes look at Monroe as she hangs out with celebrity and creates conflict in her relationships, but be prepared for a biographical feel instead of an expository piece on a newly revealed conspiracy.

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