The 50 years since Marilyn Monroe’s untimely passing have seen her image burnished and transformed by an unprecedented number of interpretations, in print and film, seeking to comprehend what lies behind her myth.
Tonight’s program combines three ways of regarding Monroe. We begin with a selection from the Archive’s vast Hearst Metrotone News Collection of newsreel clips and outtakes featuring a candid Monroe, followed by Terry Sanders’ documentary, The Legend of Marilyn Monroe (1966), arguably the first documentary following the star’s demise to combine in-depth research, testimonials from both celebrities and lifelong acquaintances. Sander’s early, penetrating analysis opened up thoughtful questions both about Monroe’s life and the precarious nature of celebrity.
Tonight’s event also includes author Susan Bernard, on hand to sign and read from her book, Marilyn: Intimate Exposures, a collection of photos showcasing the work of the author’s father Bruno Bernard, featuring many never before published images.
A discussion with Sanders and Bernard will follow the screening.