Five films over five weeks, celebrating Marilyn Monroe for the talented and charismatic performer that she was.
Wednesday 1st April, 7pm: The Misfits (1961) Rated PG
Gay Langland (Clark Gable) is an ageing farm hand, travelling the byways and working rodeos with his two friends. The three men come up with a plan to corral some misfit mustangs and sell them for dog food, but Gay's new girlfriend Roslyn (Marilyn Monroe), a high-minded ex-stripper from Reno, is appalled by the plan. Although both Gay's friends are also in love with Roslyn, she stands by Gay, sure that in the end he will do the right thing. Written by renowned American Playwright Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman), The Misfits was Monroe’s last film before her death in 1962.
Sunday 5th April, 7pm: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Rated PG
Monroe stars as the blonde in question - Lorelei Lee, whose philosophy is “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Together with her best (human) friend Dorothy, Lorelei embarks upon a boat trip to Paris, where she intends to marry millionaire Gus Esmond. Lorelei finds herself mixed up with flirtatious diamond merchant Sir Francis Beekman and precocious youngster Henry Spofford the Third when she tries to find a wealthier suitor for Dorothy than the poverty-stricken Malone – the private detective hired by Esmond’s father to make sure Lorelei isn’t just another gold-digger after his money. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is filled with comedic gags and musical numbers, the most memorable of which is ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’ sung by Monroe in her iconic pink dress.
Wednesday 8th April, 7pm: Bus Stop (1956) Rated PG
Cherie (Marilyn Monroe) a talentless but ambitious nightclub singer, captures the heart of naive never- been-kissed Montana rodeo champ Bo (Don Murray). So enthralled by Cherie, he decides they will marry – despite her protestations. Too stubborn to listen, he forces her on the bus home to Montana, but when the bus is snowed in at a bus stop no one is going anywhere for the time being. Unlike most of Monroe’s films, Bus Stop is neither a fully-fledged comedy nor musical. Monroe’s costuming, make-up and hair reflected the down-and-out nature of her character and she deliberately provided mediocre singing and dancing. The New York Times proclaimed: "Hold on to your chairs, everybody, and get set for a rattling surprise. Marilyn Monroe has finally proved herself an actress." Bus Stop is the first film she appeared in after studying at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasburg in New York.
Wednesday 15th April, 7pm: The Seven Year Itch (1955) Rated PG
Like thousands of other Manhattanites, Tom Ewell annually packs his wife (Evelyn Keyes) and children off to summer vacation, staying behind to work at the office. This particular summer, the lonely Ewell begins fantasising about the many women he'd foresworn upon getting married. He is jolted back to reality when he meets his new neighbor - luscious model Marilyn Monroe. Inviting Monroe to dinner, Ewell intends to sweep her off her feet and into the boudoir. Things don't quite work out that way, thanks to Ewell's clumsiness (and essential decency) and Monroe's naivety. The Seven Year Itch features Monroe in her pleated white halter dress standing over a subway gate, which became the most iconic image in cinema history.
Sunday 19th April, 7pm: Some Like it Hot (1959) Rated PG
The movie too hot for words! Two struggling musicians witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and try to find a way out of the city before they are found and killed by the mob. The only job that will pay their way is an all girl band so the two dress up as women. In addition to hiding, each has his own problems; one falls for another band member but can't tell her his gender, and the other has a rich suitor who will not take "No" for an answer.
This perfect screwball comedy reveals how talented Monroe was as a comedic actress.
Dates and times
- 1 April 2015 7:00pm
- 5 April 2015 7:00pm
- 8 April 2015 7:00pm
- 15 April 2015 7:00pm
- 19 April 2015 7:00pm
Perth Cultural Centre Screen
Perth Cultural Centre, James Street Amphitheatre, (Bordered by Roe Street, Beaufort Street, Francis Street and William Street)