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Monroe films sewn to Oates

Cinematheque screening pix to celebrate 'Blonde' novel

To celebrate next month’s rollout of the novel “Blonde,” Joyce Carol Oates’ fictional spin on Marilyn Monroe, the American Cinematheque is unspooling a weeklong series of Monroe films.

The tribute kicks off April 26 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre with showings of “Niagara” (1953), Monroe’s first toplined pic, and “River of No Return” (1954), co-starring Robert Mitchum.

On deck April 28 is a double bill — “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953) and “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953). “Gentlemen” co-starred Jane Russel, and “Millionaire” featured Russell, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall.

Oates will close out the tribute April 30, headlining a discussion alongside film critic Leonard Maltin about “Blonde.” In the 700-plus page novel, Oates re-invents Monroe’s entire story, with the thesp’s pre-celeb persona Norma Jean narrating.

Also part of the retrospective are the films “The Misfits” (1961), Monroe’s last completed project; “Some Like It Hot” (1959), co-starring Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as cross-dressing musicians on the lam; “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954); “Bus Stop” (1956); and “Let’s Make Love” (1960).

For tickets or a complete screening schedule, call (323) 466-3456 or visit http://www.egyptiantheatre.com.

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