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Love, Marilyn Opens Twentieth Hamptons International Film Festival

Originally Posted: October 05, 2012

Nicole Barylski

"Love, Marilyn" gives access to never-seen Monroe diaries. (Courtesy Photo)

Love, Marilyn kicked-off the twentieth anniversary of the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) on October 4, 2012 at Guild Hall. The festival welcome address speeches were given chairman Stuart Match Suna, executive director Karen Arikian and director of programming David Nugent before the screening.

The theme of the speeches was the celebration of the twentieth year of HIFF. Chairman Suna said, "Throughout the years HIFF has faced many challenges, some big and some small, but HIFF has come out more resilient and stronger".

"Love, Marilyn" follows the transformation of Norma Jeane Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe the iconic and sexy starlet from the beginning of her acting career through the final year of her life. Recently two boxes of notes and diaries written by Monroe were found in a storage unit. The documentary gives access to the never-before-seen personal correspondence, diary entries, and archival footage. It shows Monroe's determination to succeed, the hard work she put into to her career and the struggles Monroe triumphed to become a serious actress. It is narrated by a star studded cast and includes interviews with Monroe's friends. Some of the actors who narrated the film include Elizabeth Banks, Viola Davis, Marisa Tomei, Glenn Close, and Adrien Brody.

After the screening director Liz Garbus and Monroe's friend Amy Greene spoke. Garbus said Love, Marilyn is different than any other film about Monroe because it humanizes her and makes her relatable. Garbus said, "It shows her struggles as a working woman, her relationship with her family and friends and determination to succeed". The incredibly candid Greene said Monroe was constantly taking notes on napkins and then filing them away in her nightstand. Greene said that she loved Monroe's first husband Joe DiMaggio but loathed Arthur Miller.

For those of you who could not make it to "Love, Marilyn" at HIFF, HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. television rights so be on the lookout. Whether you are a fan of Monroe or are just curious about the Monroe's life, I highly recommend seeing the documentary.

These are only some of the films screening at the 2012 HIFF. For more information visit: hamptonsfilmfest.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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