It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and I don’t necessarily mean the holidays. With the 85th annual Academy Awards fast approaching, I’ve been squeezing as many movie nights into my weekends as possible.
While I love when Hollywood puts its best foot forward — or leg, in the case of Angelina Jolie on last year’s Oscar red carpet — I find the actual award ceremony to be significantly overshadowed by blockbusters. As an antidote to mainstream mainstays, the documentary category has always intrigued me. Although nominations have not been officially announced yet, I feel the following two icon-ic docs might very well be in the running.
Love, Marilyn, currently playing at New York’s Film Forum, is yet another film about the immortal Miss Monroe, although unlike last year’s My Week with Marilyn it offers viewers a very different and altogether more personal perspective. On the 50th anniversary of the actress’s death, director Liz Garbus draws inspiration from her recently discovered personal notes, diaries, and letters to reveal a fragile and intelligent woman beneath the blonde bombshell surface.
On a slightly less dire note, and currently on view at NYC’s historic movie house Village East, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel by Lisa Immordino is a candid, inspiring romp through the worlds of glamour, decadence and media. Immordino claims obsession with the legendary fashion editor from an early age and, as fate would have it, she’d later become her granddaughter-in-law. As such, the filmmaker gained unrestricted access to the Vreeland family archives and landed interviews with everyone from Calvin Klein to Marisa Berenson and Bob Colacello, the ultimate global tastemakers. A truly inspirational feature that proves there really is substance to style.
Take notice, Academy – it’s all about an intimate look at beloved icons. And on that note, this winter I’m looking forward to being snowed in – if only because I’ll finally make a dent in my ever-expanding film queue.
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Image from See The World Beautiful by Anne Menke, copyright © 2012, published by Glitterati Incorporated.