Stanley Kauffmann on Films: New Basics
July 12, 2013
Alain Resnais presents his final film. Kenneth Branagh challenges a master.
The Most Tender Tribute Marilyn Monroe Has Ever Received
November 29, 2011
Some time towards the end of this delightful entertainment, the realization dawns of how much courage Michelle Williams needed in accepting the offer to play Marilyn Monroe. Yet an hour earlier, I had been asking, “Oh, why do it? Why take on this child monster yet again, in the year before we will be inundated with memories and garbage at the fiftieth anniversary of her death?” The more familiar the icon or celebrity in a movie biopic, the more hazardous it is to attempt impersonation, a process that can look stilted or unnecessary on screen.