By 1954, Marilyn
Monroe had reached the pinnacle of Hollywood stardom ñ yet
contentment eluded her. Monroeís marriage to baseball great Joe
DiMaggio was on the rocks, and the 20th Century Fox studio kept her
trapped in bankable but unchallenging ìdumb blondeî roles.
Determined to break free of the celebrity machine and reclaim her
soul, Monroe fled to New York with the help of a close friend,
photographer Milton Greene. Basking in newfound anonymity, she
launched her own production company with Greene, studied her craft
at the Actors Studio under ìmethodî guru Lee Strasberg, and
successfully reinvented herself as a serious actress. But in the
end, she could escape neither the crushing demands of fame nor her
own demons. This documentary chronicles Marilyn Monroeís flight
from Hollywood in search of freedom, with seldom-seen photographs
and archival film footage, as well as interviews with the likes of
Ellen Burstyn, Ben Gazzara, Susan Strasberg and Amy Greene.
There are ads for a Marilyn contest that appear on the screen now
and then throughout.
I really enjoyed
this documentary and highly recommend it if you enjoy her New York
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