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What I like about the Monroe movies I've seen, is that she seems to be the controlling creative force, not the director. I think Tarantino described Beatty as the "auteur" of "McCabe and Mrs. Miller." I disagree with that, but I think it applies to Monroe in some of her movies. Her screen presence is unreasonably strong.

warts and all

I'm a complex man and I am repulsed by women that come on strong. Then again I'm a desperate man at times and women are repulsed by male desperation. The youtube snip shows that aspect of constriction and release in more ways then one.
Monroe's screen sadness is a soft burning hunger in cold darkness.
silk and sandpaper is right.
it's Eros after all and when the secret human dimension cuts out from the inside during mating rituals...well

Max Allan Collins

The gimmick of this movie was that it would show the new sex symbol could act. I don't think the studio believed that, nor did many reviewers. They had a patronizing, blatantly sexist attitude about her as a performer, and were blind to what now seem like the obvious strengths, even brilliance of this particular performance.


Norma Jean was a complex human being, capable of complex performances, of which "Don't Bother to Knock" was certainly an excellent example.

I don't blame critics of her era for not being able to distinguish her performances; they were as blinded by her looks as most others were (and are). Those of us who view her roles through a distance-lens of time and generation are not so easily blinkered.

Marilyn Monroe was a product of her generation, and a victim of the sane. I admire her talent, and begrudge the era that stifled it.

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