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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Marilyn in Rebecca Miller's film

Miller and Monroe at the Queensboro Bridge
I was somewhat surprised you devoted a part of the film to your father’s relationship with Marilyn Monroe [they were married from 1956-1961]—surprised in the sense that the ongoing obsession with Marilyn sometimes overwhelms assessment of anything associated with her.
It would have been disingenuous or untrue of me to skip over that or gloss over that relationship. It was a very pivotal relationship for him. I tried to humanize it as much as I could…his inability to save her and his wish, his delusion, that he could transform a troubled person and give her new life was something that—it was his great comeuppance, I guess. To me, some of the most poignant moments in the film are his moments of silence that came about [that subject] and what happened in the end, her death… I think those [silences] are worth a thousand words right there.

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