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Posted by: Tara Jul 6 2005, 07:39 PM

Edited by mels after the programme aired: to read the full review of the documentary dedicated to Marilyn, please scroll down to post #13 or!


For the first time, the National Portrait Gallery and the BBC present an exhibition and series that have been jointly developed by the two organisations. The World's Most Photographed is an integrated project consisting of an exhibition of around 100 photographs and an accompanying BBC Two series exploring the lives and legends of ten well-known figures from history - Muhammad Ali, James Dean, Mahatma Gandhi, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Adolf Hitler, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Queen Victoria.

By unearthing photographs which have previously been lost, suppressed and hidden, together with more familiar images, the exhibition and series explore the nature of celebrity and iconography, going beyond the often carefully constructed public image to reveal much more about their personalities and lives.

Highlights include:

Marilyn Monroe How the first American goddess used photography to create a phenomenon, how a single image threatened to destroy her, and how for one day in New York, it showed her at her happiest

3 August BBC2 7:30pm

I have included just the info on the Marilyn part, but it looks like a great series. For more info, and news of an accompanying exhibition including a 1962 portrait of MM by Bert Stern, visit the National Portrait Gallery website -


Posted by: Mandydolphin Jul 6 2005, 07:59 PM

Thanks Tara.I'm going to watch it.I'm happy it's on BBC2,a channel I receive.

Posted by: Tara Jul 6 2005, 08:48 PM

I just watched the first programme - about Elvis. It was really good.

Posted by: Fav Jul 6 2005, 10:35 PM

Gawd I missed it. Is it every Wednesday Tara? Sounds fascinating! photo.gif

Posted by: Tara Jul 7 2005, 04:25 PM

QUOTE(Fav @ Jul 6 2005, 09:35 PM)
Gawd I missed it. Is it every Wednesday Tara? Sounds fascinating!  photo.gif

Yes, every Wednesday at 7:30!

Posted by: marie-marilyn Jul 7 2005, 04:46 PM

That's such a pain! That's the day before I get back from holiday!!! I hope they repeat it.

Posted by: Mandydolphin Jul 7 2005, 05:07 PM

Can't someone tape it for you?

Posted by: Fav Jul 13 2005, 11:01 PM

QUOTE(Tara @ Jul 7 2005, 03:25 PM)
QUOTE(Fav @ Jul 6 2005, 09:35 PM)
Gawd I missed it. Is it every Wednesday Tara? Sounds fascinating!  photo.gif

Yes, every Wednesday at 7:30!

Thanks Tara, will check it out. balloon.gif

Posted by: Paju Jul 16 2005, 05:04 PM

I hope they'll show it here also. It sounds great smile1.gif

Posted by: Fav Jul 20 2005, 11:01 PM

2 weeks and counting to the MM programme, yay! banana.gif

Posted by: Tara Jul 27 2005, 07:46 PM

I've just found out that this week's TV Times has an article on Marilyn, to tie in with the documentary. I bought the magazine today, a nice double-page spread but no info or rare pics ...


Posted by: Tara Aug 2 2005, 06:57 PM

One more day to go...! balloon.gif

Posted by: Tara Aug 3 2005, 08:59 PM

The World's Most Photographed: Marilyn Monroe

Title: The World's Most Photographed: Marilyn Monroe
Original air date: 3rd August 2005
Nationality: British

Duration: 30 minutes
Presented by: Neil Pearson
Produced by: BBC
Directed by: Unknown

Additional information: Interviewees include - Donald Spoto; Steve Crist (editor of De Dienes' Marilyn); Tom Kelley (an old clip); James Haspiel, Larry Shaw, Edith Shaw, Meta Stephens (children of Sam Shaw); Bruce Davidson; George Barris.

For more info on the programme, series, exhibition and book,

This is a very enjoyable and well-made documentary charting Marilyn Monroe's love affair with the camera. I found the interviews with Bruce Davidson and George Barris very moving. They seem like kind, sensitive men and I feel Marilyn would have been at her ease with them.

It was also interesting to hear from Sam Shaw's children. Did you know his son Larry was an assistant on the SYI photo shoot? Or that Sam once found Marilyn bathing in a tub filled with icecubes?

Conover, De Dienes and Kelley are also mentioned. Of the major photographers, Greene and Stern weren't covered - but then I don't like Stern much anyway!

Overall: 4 out of 5 Stars thumbup1.gif

Posted by: suusmarie Aug 5 2005, 02:23 AM

It was a nice documentary with a lot of accurat info for a change wink3.gif but what really stunned me was that there was no mention of Milton Greene shock.gif blink.gif !! How is this possible hmm.gif ? I think Milton has been a major photographic influence on MM and her career but the documentary didnīt even talk about them starting MM-Productions which enabled MM to control most of her photographic images, something really unique for a moviestar at that time photo.gif !! Maybe it has to do with copyrights and the MHG-Archives not giving permission to use any of Miltonīs photos huh.gif ? It makes the documentary less complete in my opinion blush.gif .

hug.gif Suus

Posted by: marie-marilyn Aug 5 2005, 08:24 PM

I thought this was a really good documentry, and it's nice to see new interviewees as so often its just the same bits of footage. I agree about the Greene thing though, I was waiting for them to mention him but it didn't happen.

Good though biggrin.gif

Posted by: Tara Aug 5 2005, 08:37 PM

I agree, Greene was such a strong influence on Marilyn. I feel that, creatively, they had the same vision. 'Marilyn In Manhattan' covers their relationship really well.

Posted by: Fav Aug 13 2005, 05:54 PM

I really enjoyed watching this one. Oh so short though, 30 mins I think. I was like 'Blimey they missed this and this' but I think they had to be selective due to the lack of time. The overall feeling of the show was stylish and not put together like many documentaries as an afterthought or to make a quick buck. Greene was the glaring omission though maybe there were legal reasons for this? Who knows, but it was well worth watching. James Haspiel seems to be doing the rounds a bit these days. If only they had nabbed some of his unseen home movie footage to show, but I guess that would have gone against the whole title of the series! Overall A for effort.

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