Advertisement

Movie Mom

Movie Mom

Your Week with Marilyn — Monroe’s Best Films

posted by Nell Minow

“My Week With Marilyn” is a new film based on the memoirs by Colin Clark about his time as a third assistant director (basically a gofer) on the set of a movie she made in England with Sir Laurence Olivier.  You can have your own week with Marilyn Monroe, the most popular sex symbol in movie history, by watching some of her films.  I recommend:

Advertisement

 

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes  Monroe plays a gold-digging showgirl in this colorful and energetic musical.  Her signature song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” inspired Madonna’s “Material Girl” video.

Advertisement

Some Like It Hot The American Film Institute’s pick for the funniest American movie of all time is Billy Wilder’s gender-bending masterpiece about two male musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) who disguise themselves as women and join an all-female band so they can hide from mobsters.  Monroe plays the band’s lead singer who has a weakness for saxophone players.  It gets better and funnier every time you see it.

Advertisement

Let’s Make Love Yves Montand plays one of the wealthiest and most successful men in the world.  When he hears that a small off-Broadway musical satiric revue makes fun of him, he goes to the theater to complain.  But the director thinks he has shown up to audition and when he sees Monroe (in sheer practice tights and leotard) is in the cast, he pretends to be an actor.  She sings a sizzling version of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.”

Advertisement

Bus Stop Many people think Monroe’s best performance as an actress is in this poignant story of a cowboy in love with a bar girl.  She sings a heartbreakingly (intentionally) trashy “That Old Black Magic.”

YouTube Preview Image

The Seven Year Itch Monroe’s most iconic pose comes from this film about an innocent flirtation between a man who stays in New York while his family is on vacation and his free-spirited upstairs neighbor.

Advertisement

The Prince and the Showgirl When Monroe wanted to be taken more seriously as an actress she formed a production company to finance this film, co-starring and directed by Sir Laurence Olivier.  It is more interesting to watch to compare their incompatible acting styles than it is to try to care about the slight story, but definitely worth seeing if you plan to watch “My Week With Marilyn.”

Advertisement

How to Marry a Millionaire Monroe co-stars with Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable in this romantic comedy about three blonde models with a plan to find wealthy husbands.

YouTube Preview Image
Previous Posts

Trailer: Nicole Kidman Plays Gertrude Bell in "Queen of the Desert"
Nicole Kidman plays Gertrude Bell, the first woman to earn top honors in history at Oxford, fluent in six languages, and one of the great adventurers and scholars of the 20th century. Her spiritual home was the Middle East, where she became a ...

posted 8:00:34am Jul. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: Mississippi Grind with Ryan Reynolds
[iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ooca5idaNSk?rel=0&controls=0&showinfo=0" frameborder="0"] Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn star in "Mississippi Grind," about two gamblers, one successful, one not, ...

posted 8:00:11am Jul. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: Mockingjay 2, the Last Chapter of The Hunger Games
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-7K_OjsDCQ ...

posted 11:33:30pm Jul. 26, 2015 | read full post »

Behind the Scenes: Making Michael Douglas Younger in "Ant-Man" and Wigs and Makeup for Key and Peele
"Ant-Man" begins with a flashback to 1989, with Michael Douglas appearing not as he looks to day but as he looked 25 years ago. How did they do that? Special effects that are called "digital make-up." New York Magazine's Vulture has the ...

posted 8:00:25am Jul. 26, 2015 | read full post »

New on DVD: Tales from the Royal Wardrobe
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OvH0TgkvbY[/youtube] New from PBS: Tales From the Royal Wardrobe. Historian Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, explains that the fascination with the clothes worn by the ...

posted 10:54:10pm Jul. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.