The narration sounds like a terrible Norman Mailer rip-off except that it’s Mr. Mailer himself, professor emeritus of the University of Marilyn Blather. Like so many smart people recruited for documentaries, he drops his sense of humor and intones in that portentous, “would”-heavy way typical of programs about American culture. (“The mayo packet would change American drive-through cuisine forever.”)He may be humorless, but it sounds like there are laughs to be had. And pictures of Marilyn.
July 19, 2006
Virginia Heffernan quotes and is disgusted by a PBS show about photographs of Marilyn Monroe: