Marilyn Monroe’s first screen performance after studying with Lee Strasberg at the Actor’s Studio finally convinced critics that she was indeed an accomplished actress (in a role originated onstage by Kim Stanley). Director Joshua Logan filmed Marilyn’s live rendition of “That Old Black Magic” with two cameras and an offscreen orchestra, eliminating the need for lip-synching to playback, and often let her takes run on and on without stopping so he could cull the best moments in the editing room.
About Dan Ireland
Dan Ireland loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing on April 14, 2016.