Revealing biopic looks at Marilyn In Manhattan
By Steph Moore
At the height of her fame with Hollywood wrapped around her fingertips, Marilyn Monroe ditched the west coast for the cultural capital of the world: New York City. Within the streets of Manhattan, the Hollywood icon found her inner strength and engaged in the city’s elite world of the arts, founded her own production company and took her career into her own hands. Featuring never before revealed personal stories from friends, archival footage, home movies and exclusive photographs, Marilyn In Manhattan made its digital debut earlier this year. The biopic is distributed to virtually every major digital platform through Virgil Digital, part of the Virgil Films & Entertainment family.
Viewers are given an illuminating look at the starlet’s brief stint in New York through personal reminiscences of those who knew her best, including Oscar–winning actress Ellen Burstyn, actor Ben Gazzara, Amy Greene, Susan Strasberg, agent Jay Kanter, and John Springer. Also included is archival footage with Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller, Lee Strasberg, and Milton Greene. Marilyn in Manhattan reveals the untold story of a secret landing in New York that would soon have the icon taking pivotal steps that changed her life forever.
The year was 1954, and Marilyn was distraught over her failed marriage to Joe Dimaggio and unsettled with movie roles that had her portraying only dumb blondes.=. With the help of celebrity photographer and friend Milton Greene, the blonde sensation walked away from her lackluster contract with 20th Century Fox and announced the newly formed Marilyn Monroe Productions helmed by Greene. Through MMP, she nabbed two break-away (and breakout) roles in the acclaimed films Bus Stop and The Prince and The Showgirl.
The bombshell walked down the crowded New York City streets, drifted through the village, listened to jazz in Harlem, and even spent time on Fire Island “concealed” with only a pair of sunglasses and a scarf. While focusing on her intellectual side, she cultivated her acting skills by enrolling in the famed Actor’s Studio and studied theater from the master himself, Lee Strasberg. These moments and more are shared on screen, along with her famous courtship with acclaimed playwright Arthur Miller, whom she wed in White Plains, N.Y.
Marilyn in Manhattan presents a charming side of the iconic beauty boasting newfound courage and a level of serious undertaking that would be forever influenced by the city of New York. Although she eventually went back to Hollywood, we are presented with Monroe’s rare moments of solidarity, anonymity, control, and confidence.
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