This book is a small treasure. It is Lawrence Schillers memoir of working with Marilyn as a photographer on Lets make Love in 1960 and Somethings Gotta Give in 1962. He explains this very well himself in the book: this is his textbased memoir with a few photos, and the other expensive version is a signed, limited edition art photobook. Of course these two editions are different, but I love this memoir. It is warm and well written, it really gives you a feeling of what Marilyn was like as a person. A really nice ancedote is when Mr Schiller is kept late on the set one night, and mentions to Marilyn about his wife and little daughter who likes daddy to be there to tuck her in at night. "She will survive", the actress says. When Mr Schiller gets home and wonders why his wife is still up, she smiles. Flowers and a signed card from Marilyn Monroe had arrived at the door: sorry I kept Lawrence so late. The next day she says to Schiller "well, I am glad it kept you out of the doghouse". These stories makes you feel you are there, and getting to know Marilyn better. Highly recommended, but don't be dissapointed because this isn't a large photobook. The price of these two versions is as different as the two books themselves! But that does not mean this book is dissapointing in any way, if you know what you are getting.
If, as a Marilyn Monroe fan, you are hoping to learn something new about her you won't find it in this book. Called a `memoir' by the author/photographer the book is 114 pages long and measures about 5" x 7". It includes 13 pictures of Marilyn most of which you have probably seen before.
This is, instead, a nod to how the paparazzi used to work back in the 1960's just as the name `paparazzi' came into being. It was a time when photographers were a bit more restrained and guided by some semblance of a moral code, but nonetheless their purpose was the same: to make a fortune for themselves from exploiting the fame of others.
Schiller gives us details into the business of making money from taking photographs of famous people and even though the paparazzi today are more odious and invasive in their work Schiller and his ilk in the 1960's were no less feeding off the famous for their own gain.
While Schiller speaks kindly about Ms. Monroe I found the whole business side of his relationship with her to be most distasteful.
I always like to buy new Marilyn books by people who actually knew her in the hope that they might add something fresh. Hence, I bought this one. The memoir itself is very interesting, albeit you could read the entire thing in less than half a day. Unfortunately, for a photographer who took so many pictures of Marilyn, very few are featured in the book and I think I can honestly say that only one of them I had not seen before. Also, they are all in black and white. Reading the product description you would be tempted to think that the book was packed with pictures but this is not the case. There are around twenty, three at least are not even of Marilyn. It is a nice read, but I felt a bit cheated. Personally, I would not pay more than £5.00 for this book as, apart from a few anecdotes, it does not add much to the Marilyn story.
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