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MONROE MEETS THE MAN OF HER DREAMS,
This review is from: Bus Stop [DVD] (DVD)
Monroe plays a rather promiscuous bar girl in Phoenix who hopes to get to Hollywood in a kind of her real life story,enters the rodeo champ from Montana as the exuberant yet virginal 'red-blooded' cowboy,DON MURRAY who has come to Phoenix for the 'rodeo competition' and to find the angelic gal of his dreams .
The movie deals with a great human dilemma as to what is more important to be happy ,your perception of an ideal life partner or your contentment with the reality,Murray is superb as he assumes this show girl from a 'cheap joint' in a flashy vulgar dress to be his angel, and monroe shuns the false image he breeds of her ,yet agrees to the charade to be his girl till the rodeo ends for a fee ,of course as Murray wins the competition ,he then persuades her to take the bus back to his hometown in Montana .
The road movie kicks in with a medley of characters when they end up stranded in a 'bus stop' caught in a blizzard and here a great drama unfolds where sexual attitudes ,love and behavioural concepts are intellectually challenged in a simple yet truthful manner,the two characters and their trangressive attitudes to the opposite sex melt convincingly and the dialogue is plain but intelligent to the core ,this is a wise movie on the 'battle of sexes' and how and what a man and woman want from each other so as to be happy .
Monroe is truly great as is Murray in his debut role ,they look terrific together and yet there is a tenderness between the 2 rough and wild characters they play,this is an infinitely soft and mellow love story set against the wild West and the 'bus stop' becomes a metaphor for the human race and their quest for emotional security in any dwelling if they are truly content .
Hugely satisfying yet entertaining too,with both wit and humor ,yet emotional to the core as it is ironically the ending which Monroe craved for herself but never got in real life .
The sexpolitation of the weaker sex and their whims and doubts versus the 'macho jingoism' are expressed extremely well in the bus ride as various characters interact most naturally in a confined space .The script is true to it's authentic characters and to the audience as well and works at every level .A triumphant journey for all concerned .
The print restoration is brilliant and the dvd is great viewing .