Showing Marilyn Some Love at Film Fest

Liz Garbus, the director of "Love, Marilyn," said at her Hamptons International  Film Festival opening at Guild Hall in East Hampton Thursday night that personal letters, poems, and journal entries found in a closet led her to appreciate Marilyn Monroe's talent and that she wanted to "bring them to life with feeling and entertainment." The director thought this best accomplished with actors using a "lens of their own to interpret" her words, she said.

"You were right, it was brilliant," said Amy Greene, a long time friend of Ms. Monroe, after the screening. 

Ms. Monroe's writings, which were often stuffed in various places such as nightstand drawers, was her way "to think in ink," the actress said. The film's actors, including Marissa Tomei and Glenn Close, shared her thoughts that were sometimes about love, but more often dark and serious, and sometimes about wishing she were dead. Also revealed was the actress's desire to improve, change, and learn to act being "more important than love, men, or money."

The inside look includes Ms. Monroe's relationships with Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, with Mr. Miller's portayal being less than positive. After the film, Ms. Greene  elaborated when asked about him, "He was mean, rotten, and he was a shit."

 
 
Liz Garbus with David Nugent, the programming director of the film festival.  Carrie Ann Salvi
 
Amy Greene shared her memories of her friend.   Carrie Ann Salvi