- Apr 6, 2018
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Title: Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Documentary
Director: Patty Ivins
Runtime: 117Plot: Marilyn Monroe's final project, "Something's Got to Give", has become one of the most talked about unfinished films in history. The story of the film and Marilyn's last days were seemingly lost… until now. Through interviews, never-before-seen footage and an edited reconstruction of "Something's Got to Give", Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days provides a definitive and fascinating look at the last act in the life of the world's most famous and tragic superstar.
Marilyn Monroe, as many here are well aware, has long been a symbol of old Hollywood. She had the glamour, looks, talent, and tragic life and death that cements her as a the embodiment of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
She was recruited to do Something's Got to Give in early 1962, as means to help 20th Century-Fox recoup its invest in the costly production of Cleopatra. It was a modern-day remake of My Favorite Wife, a 1940 screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. Marilyn was to play a woman whose spent five years stranded on a tropical island, only to come back to find herself legally declared dead and her husband newly remarried.
It all hit the fan, however. Monroe's chronic health and personal issues, coupled with her frequent absences and difficulty to cooperate on-set led to the film being shelved in June 1962, just shortly after her thirty-sixth birthday. All was repaired within the following weeks, though, and it was revealed Monroe was to return to the set and finish filming.
It never happened. She died on August 5, 1962, age thirty-six.
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days, the 2001 AMC documentary, focuses on Monroe's final months, detailing her personal and professional life leading up to her abrupt death. It's one of my favorite documentaries. I just recently re-watched it.
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