Thursday, November 08, 2007

Let's Make Love (George Cukor, 1960)

***½
USA


Yves Montand plays a billionaire lothario about to get lampooned by an off-Broadway musical. When he goes to cancel the show, he meets the star - Marilyn Monroe. C'est l'amour.
Where the plot goes after doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but whenever Marilyn's on-screen, it doesn't need to. With customary pep and conviction - looking startlingly beautiful and wearing less than she has in any other film - she performs tracks called things like "My Heart Belongs to Daddy", "Specialization" and the title tune. There are a couple of lengthy stretches where she disappears, and you feel the picture sagging. These sections are interchangeable for the bloated, clogged-up big-budget sitcoms, which the studios started churning out around this period, and which usually starred Rock Hudson.

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