Love, Marilyn Available on DVD, iTunes and Amazon!
Moxie Firecracker is proud to share Love, Marilyn with you on DVD and iTunes. Marilyn Monroe invented her public persona at the expense of concealing a private side known only to her close confidants. Fifty years after her death, her creation still blazes brightly in our cultural imagination, while the creator continues to lurk in the shadows. Drawing on never-before-seen personal papers, diaries and letters, director Liz Garbus worked with acclaimed actresses to evoke the multiple aspects of the real Marilyn - passion, ambition, soul-searching, power and fear – in an absorbing and astonishing portrait.
Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle, Lindsay Lohan, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood read the words of Marilyn, alongside Adrien Brody, Hope Davis, Ben Foster, Paul Giamatti, Janet McTeer, Oliver Platt and David Strathairn, who read the writings of Billy Wilder, Natasha Lytess, Truman Capote, Gloria Steinem and Norman Mailer. Together these actors bring a unique vision of Marilyn to a contemporary audience. Coupled with interviews of those who knew her personally and never-before-seen archival footage and audiotapes, the film is a must for anyone who considers themself an expert on Marilyn, or who wants to learn more…
A.O. Scott from the New York Times calls it, "A heady cocktail of journalistic rigor and show business flair...just right for its blazingly famous, endlessly enigmatic subject."
The film hit festivals in Fall 2012; it was broadcast on HBO summer 2013, and since then has enjoyed a limited theatrical run. Now we're excited to share it on more platforms. Find your copy on Amazon, iTunes, or Netflix.
GIFT FROM DAUGHTER TO MOTHER: ‘ETHEL’
Rory and Ethel Kennedy spoke with Robert Redford at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Rory Kennedy interviewed her mother and other family members for “Ethel.’’ Below, Ethel stood with Robert F. Kennedy in 1961.
Read more at Boston Globe and visit the Ethel website.
Entertainment Weekly reviews Liz Garbus' new film, LOVE, MARILYN, and gives it an A-rating
Liz Garbus' newest documentary feature, Love, Marilyn, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival as a Gala Premiere, to rave reviews. It also screened at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival, the London Film Festival, and was the opening night film at the 2012 Hamptons Film Festival. The film will screen on HBO in the spring of 2013, and last week, it opened for an exclusive, two-week run at New York City's Film Forum Theater.
Owen Gleiberman reviewed the film at Toronto, and again last week, for its theatrical opening. He writes, "Actresses like Glenn Close, Viola Davis, and a fantastic Uma Thurman read the excerpts, and listening to Monroe's own words, we hear her voice and glimpse her soul as never before. We also watch her in never-before-seen interviews, photographs, and home movies, some of which were shot when she wasn't wearing makeup. That's a good metaphor for what the film achieves: It presents Marilyn without the cosmetic cover of her mythologies... "Grade A."
Love, Marilyn will play at the Film Forum from November 30th, through December 11th. Get screening times, and purchase tickets online, at filmforum.org
ETHEL KENNEDY DOC IS TALK OF SUNDANCE
By Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY
With 24 members of the Kennedy family jetting into town, along with pop star and admirer Taylor Swift, the premiere of the documentary Ethel was a spirited high point of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
The only person with some trepidation about the celebration on Friday was Ethel Kennedy, the 83-year-old subject of the film.
"I'm a train wreck," she admitted hours before walking down the festival red carpet.
The wife of former attorney general and senator Robert Kennedy has managed to keep a low profile within one of the highest-profile families in America. Her last interview was 30 years ago with news anchor Tom Brokaw. But when filmmaker Rory Kennedy, 43, the youngest of Ethel and Robert Kennedy's 11 children, called to ask whether she would do a documentary for HBO, Ethel agreed.
"I honestly didn't think she would do it," Rory Kennedy says. "But when I asked, (Ethel) paused and just said, 'OK.' Then she said not to ask again because she might change her mind."
Ethel Kennedy is not an easy interview. She is unfailingly polite, sipping a Coca-Cola through a straw in a hotel restaurant with a constant smile. But she goes to great pains to deflect any attention into another direction.
"Please talk to her," she finally says after a question, gesturing toward her daughter.
"Good luck getting her to talk about herself," Rory Kennedy adds, laughing. "Now you're starting to get the idea."
But Kennedy managed to pull together an intimate portrait of her mother after five days of interviews, along with talks with each of her siblings, including former U.S.representative Joe Kennedy. Filled with family home videos and pictures, Ethel is a highly personal story, but it covers the history of a family interwoven with American history.
"My mother had front-row seats to all of these historical events," says Rory Kennedy, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the civil rights movement. "She was there every step of the way. She has never spoken about these times like this. Even I didn't know the details."
Some of her mother's on-camera revelations left Kennedy surprised. She didn't know that her mother bet on horses in college or that Robert Kennedy slid down the White House banister when brother John became president.
"It was just a way of letting off steam," Ethel says, explaining the banister incident. "There was so much excitement."
Insights like this made the project worthwhile to Rory Kennedy. The film is scheduled to air on HBO this year.
"Now there is a much fuller picture of my mother. Her life has been truly remarkable. In the highs and lows and even the day to day, she has lived intensely. You would be hard-pressed to find another like her."
ETHEL KENNEDY DOC WILL HEADLINE SUNDANCE 2012
Ethel Kennedy has been to the Sundance Film Festival before, but never as the subject of a film. This looks to change with the 2012 festival, which will showcase the documentary Ethel, an intimate portrait of her life directed by daughter Rory Kennedy.
Organizers on Monday released the list of 23 dramatic films and documentaries to be premiered at the festival Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah. The out-of-competition lineup also includes a documentary about Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul Simon and a drama directed by Spike Lee.
Rory Kennedy says the Kennedy matriarch, 83, is looking forward to attending the premiere.