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Festival To Feature Monroe Films

Nov. 2, 2010
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

The Political Science Junior Fellows will feature two movies by acclaimed actress Marilyn Monroe as part of its second annual “Legends of Hollywood” Film Festival on Saturday (Nov. 6).

The festival will feature “ Monkey Business” and “Some Like it Hot,” as well as dinner and a presentation by Monroe biographer Carl Rollyson beginning at 5 p.m. at the Wynne Home Arts Center.

“These are fun films by Monroe, and we are happy to have a speaker of Dr. Carl Rollyson’s stature to introduce the movies,” said political science professor and Junior Fellows adviser Mike Yawn. “We think everyone will enjoy the evening.”

The pre-reception will begin at 5 p.m., and Howard Hawks’ “Monkey Business,” starring Monroe, Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers, will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The showing will be followed by a dinner featuring a sampling of Mediterranean, Japanese, and Italian foods and wine, as well as a presentation by Rollyson, author of “A Life of the Actress: Marilyn Monroe.”

Rollyson, professor of journalism at City University of New York, will discuss Monroe’s life and film career. The author is visiting Huntsville to conduct additional research on Dana Andrews, the Huntsville native and the subject of his current biography.

“I look forward to returning to Huntsville, especially to speak on such delightful movies,” Rollyson said. “Both films are real crowd pleases, and both show off Monroe’s real strengths as an actress. It should be a great evening.”

The second film, “Some Like it Hot,” will begin at 8 p.m. Directed by Billy Wilder and starring Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, “Some Like it Hot” is widely regarded as one of the greatest comedies in American history, according to Yawn.

Tickets are $20, which includes admission to one film, dinner, and the presentation by Rollyson, or $30 for both movies. Seating is limited.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting Yawn at 936.294.1456 or mike.yawn@shsu.edu.


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