“You have the gift for life, Roslyn.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
Despite all those caveats, Peary points out how “amazing” it is “what a wonderful performance [Monroe] gives”, given the fact that she was “having tremendous psychological problems during the filming”. He writes that she’s “beautiful, angelic, vulnerable, assertive, wise beyond her education, unhappy, [and] the sufferer for all creatures (man or animal) that hurt”, and he states that he’d “like to think that this role comes closest to the real Marilyn Monroe”. Monroe’s performance is truly noteworthy: it’s literally impossible to keep your eyes off of her, and we instantly understand why all the other characters want to be near her. Ritter, meanwhile, is wonderfully droll in one of her many stand-out supporting performances:
and all three men do fine ensemble work together.
While the overly dense storyline may not pack as much of a punch as it could, there’s no denying that this remains an impactful, affecting film on many levels, and is worth viewing by all film fanatics at least once.
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Redeeming Qualities and Moments: