The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Don’t Bother to Knock
Appearing a year before Monroe’s elevation to superstardom was sealed with the release of Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, this claustrophobic, psychological noir was Monroe’s 13th credited film but her first headline role (Richard Widmark shares top billing). Underappreciated on release, Monroe’s performance exhibits an anxiety and emotional fragility that defines the darker side of her own meteoric rise. Now considered a key role, it suggests what she may have gone on to achieve had her career not been tragically cut short a decade later. With Anne Bancroft and Elisha Cook Jr.
Also screening on Wed 19 April
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) – Wed 12 April, 7pm
Clash by Night (1952) – Wed 12 April, 8.50pm
The Misfits (1961) – Wed 19 April, 7pm
Don't Bother to Knock (1952) – Wed 19 April, 9.20pm
Monkey Business (1952) – Wed 26 April, 7pm
Bus Stop (1956) – Wed 26 April, 8.50pm
Marilyn Monroe's (1926–62) image, as the personification of Hollywood glamour, beauty and desirability, is perhaps the most iconic in popular culture...
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