Beyond the Blonde
Marilyn Monroe: She’s arguably the most objectified woman of the 20th Century. Used in her own time by everyone from athletes to playwrights to presidents, she was immortalized by Andy Warhol, turned into a massive sculpture that’s widely regarded as the worst thing to happen to Chicago since the 1871 fire, and most recently served as the sorry excuse for — uh, subject of — NBC’s show Smash.
Society’s varying takes on the busty blond bombshell have crystallized into a notion of the actress that’s far removed from the human being she was. Monroe was more than a pretty face, after all; she acted in films alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names. In The Misfits, for example, she costarred with Clark Gable in what happened to be the last film of both of their careers. It also happened to be one of the best for both, with Monroe earning a Golden Globe Award and critics and Gable himself admitting it was his crowning achievement.
Get to know the real Marilyn at Miami Beach Cinematheque (1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) Tuesday at 8:15 p.m., when the theater will premiere the high-definition digital restoration of The Misfits.
Tue., May 8, 8:15 p.m., 2012
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