Marilyn Monroe continues to inspire long after her death in 1962. American film director Simon Curtis released "My Week with Marilyn," starring Michelle Williams, in 2011, which shows a week from her exciting life.
This week, Kyiv Post recommends two good old films: one drama in Spanish and one thriller in English.
American “My Week with Marilyn,” another one of our picks, is released this week – but only in Ukrainian.
SECRETS OF THE HEART (SECRETOS DEL CORAZON)
Spain 1997, 107’
Language: Spanish with Russian subtitles
Directed by Montxo Armendáriz
Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.
Master Class Cultural Center
Childhood seems fun: you can play, run and climb trees all day long, and adults are the ones who know answers to all questions, who will take care of you, and take your troubles away. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy for kids in some families.
Javi, a curious 9-year-old boy, lives at his aunt’s together with his older brother Juan. When summer comes, they visit their parents’ home, a place of shocking tragedy.
Although the boys have been told that their father had killed himself accidentally while cleaning his gun, their mother knows the truth and forbids them to enter the room with a chair, which is still stained with the man’s blood.
Of course, the boys do their best to sneak into the room, as they believe that their father’s spirit is hiding his secrets there.
Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Brazil 1960, 109’
Language: English with English subtitles
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.
Master Class Cultural Center
Suspense hardly matters in modern horror movies, enormously cruel, filled with spooky screams, washed with liters of blood, and often with a predictable plot.
But things were quite different in the middle of the 20th century.
To preserve the suspense of his “Psycho,” not only did Alfred Hitchcock make the crew swear to keep the resolution in secret, but even bought up all copies of the screened novel he managed to find.
This classical black-and-white movie tells the story of a young secretary Marion, who needs money to marry her lover.
Desperate to find another way to get it, she steals $40,000 from her company’s client and runs away from the city.
Caught off guard by storm, she decides to stop for a night in a road motel, where she meets Norman Bates, who owns the place and loads of secrets. He also has a really weird mom.
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
USA 2011, 99’
Directed by Simon Curtis
Zhovten, Kyiv and others
The posh and gorgeous American actress, singer and model Marilyn Monroe hardly needs introduction.
The blonde with red lips, bright eyes and a sexy little spot on her cheek is still a beauty icon, even 50 years after her death.
Together with her husband, Monroe came to London in 1956 to star in the “The Prince and the Showgirl” movie. When young assistant director Colin Clarkfalls for her, everyone warns him she’s gonna break his heart.
However, what really happened to him remained a mystery – there was a week missed in Clark’s diary, released in 1990s. It takes him years to muster enough courage to divulge what happened that week. He eventually did in 2000.
“My Week with Marilyn” tells the story of that particular week.