Nearly 50 years after her death, two boxes of Marilyn Monroe’s private writings and musings were discovered in the home of her acting coach. These papers, brought to life in this innovative documentary film by some of our contemporary icons and stars, give us a new understanding of Monroe — revealing her carefully guarded inner life. Featuring Elizabeth Banks, Lindsay Lohan, Evan Rachel Wood, Ben Foster, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti, Viola Davis, Jeremy Piven, Ellen Burstyn, Adrien Brody, Marisa Tomei and Glenn Close. –TIFF
I think the celebrity journal readings presented in front of green screen lessened the film. Although, I did enjoy some new footage of Marilyn. Most of the facts presented in the documentary are quite well known, but it's good for someone who is interested in learning the basics of her life.
Very interesting, well done and informative documentary on one of the greatest of all time. The photos and archival footage were fascinating but the spastically dramatic portrayals of Monroe's journals and letters were all around M A D D E N I N G. Uma Thurman and Marisa Tomei especially.
Garbus has made a well constructed film that has a collection of actresses giving voice to the writings and musings of Marilyn Monroe herself as well as some actors giving voice to those in her life, sprinkled with interviews and archival material. Works for the most part but really adds nothing to the story/myth surrounding Monroe. In the end we realize Marilyn became victim to a character she created herself.