Sunday, 15 July 2012

Top 5 Marilyn Monroe Films

1.  Some Like It Hot
One of my all time favourite films has got to be Some Like It Hot. It was also one of the first of her films I ever watched. It's a remake of the of a 1935 French film, Fanfare d'Amour.
The story is about two male musicians who witness the St. Valentine's Day massacre and when spotted by two gangsters, they flee. They disguise themselves as women and join an all-girl band that are heading to Florida. That's where they meet Marilyn Monroe's character, Sugar Kane, who is the band's singer and ukulele player. The film also features actors such as Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown and Joan Shawlee.

2. How To Marry A Millionaire
Even on paper this seems like it could be the best film ever with a cast featuring Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable as the three gold diggers.
The three women, being gold diggers, are obsessed with finding men with money to marry, especially Bacall's character. When money is tight, she pawns off the furniture in their penthouse in New York which of course, doesn't belong to them. Grable's character isn't as concerned with finding a rich man and one day brings home a random guy who ends up falling for Bacall.
Monroe's character is known for being extremely short-sighted yet she still refuses to wear glasses, much like myself, saying "men aren't attentive to girls who wears glasses". While going to visit an Arab oil tycoon, she gets on the wrong plane plane due to her bad eyesight and ends up meeting another man who also happens to wear glasses and encourages her to start wearing hers.

3. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
This is a 1953 film adoption of the 1949 stage musical starring the late Jane Russell alongside Marilyn. This is definitely Monroe's most famous film as it features her singing 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend'.
In the film, Marilyn (Dorothy Shaw) and Jane (Lorelei Lee) are showgirls and best friends. They travel to Paris but little do they know they're being followed by a detective hired by Lorelei's fiancé's father.

4. The Seven Year Itch
One of Marilyn Monroe's most iconic moments was in The Seven Year Itch, when she stands on a subway grate and her ivory halter dress goes flying up. The actual film itself however, has nothing to do with subways or dresses. The story itself is about a married man who's wife and child go off on holiday without him. While they're away he rents out the upstairs apartment to none other than Marilyn Monroe's character for the summer, who strangely enough seems to have no name. The man, played by Tom Ewell, tries to fight his urge to have an affair with Marilyn after seven years of being married - known as the seven year itch.

"Oh, do you feel that breeze from the subway? Isn't it delicious?"

5. Bus Stop
I remember when I originally read the storyline of this film I refused to watch it simply because it mentioned the word "cowboy" and I absolutely detest westerns or anything even close to it. Yet strangely enough, it ended up being one of my favourite Marilyn Monroe films!
When cowboy Beau takes the bus to Montana for a rodeo he falls in love with a café singer who, shockingly, happens to be Marilyn's character, Chérie. He intends on marrying her the next day after the rodeo but Chérie escapes as she wants to go to Hollywood to get discovered. However, Beau doesn't give up and continuously tries to find her to bring her back to Montana in order to marry him.
I adore Marilyn's acting in this film and I think that she did amazing with the accent.

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