Falling for Marilyn at the Movies

Writing for the October issue of Los Angeles magazine, novelist Steve Erickson picks some of his favourite Monroe movies.

  • Niagara (1953): “The scene where she thrashes in her sleep to the ominous tolling of distant bells unspools like something from the id, and the only thing on-screen that could compete with her was Niagara Falls itself.”
  • The Prince and the Showgirl (1957): “Her most underrated film. Monroe is at her loveliest here, her beauty lyrical and soft … She drove to distraction leading man and director Laurence Olivier in the same way her showgirl drives to distraction his prince.”
  • Some Like It Hot (1959): “Her comedic talents perfectly coexist with a sadness barely below the surface, which somehow informs her role as a Prohibition-era singer; her rendition of ‘I’m Thru With Love’ sounds like it’s from the heart.”