ByTowne ByTowne Cinema
325 Rideau St. Ottawa K1N 5Y4
Info Line: (613) 789-FILM
Must-See Cinema! Bizarrely enough, this screening commemorates both the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death and the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.
It is the ’50s in a hotel room in New York. Albert Einstein is at work, thinking, waiting for the next day’s House Committee On Un-American Activities session he has been ‘invited’ to, when who should walk in but Marilyn Monroe. This fictitious meeting of celebrity and genius, embellished further by the appearance of Joe DiMaggio and Senator McCarthy, is my favourite of Roeg’s dizzying and elliptical body of work.
It is a deceptively charming comedy, with Russell playing Monroe as a bright and inquisitive young woman who is intrigued by Einstein’s passion for abstraction. Emil is often hilarious as the totally disarmed physicist who has a vivacious starlet on his bed, the House Committee on his mind, and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on his conscience.
This latter somber theme creeps up on us, like the fragments of a forgotten dream, until it explodes across the screen with all the ferocity Roeg can muster. Not to be missed.
– Bruce White
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