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André de Dienes: Marilyn, 2 Vol. Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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ONE: An oversize Kodak color film box, nineteen inches high by sixteen wide and three deep, this is a big facsimile of the box that De Dienes kept some of his Marilyn prints in. The package weighs twelve pounds and will hardly fit any bookcase. The inside has recesses for the two books and one booklet. Black silk tape allows for easy access of the contents.
TWO: A large, beautifully designed and printed, 240 page book of Marilyn photos printed on thick paper. Although the printing screen is not the highest (150 dpi) the photos leap off the page, especially the full-page color ones. Many of these photos seem to be very private shots of Marilyn that De Dienes took during her career (a few show her with other people, a hairdresser and bookseller). Several at the back of the book show Marilyn's face montaged into clouds or surrounded by celestial bodies. Between the photos, printed in silver ink and in a large typewriter font, there are excepts from De Dienes memoirs. Also printed in silver are smaller photos with his hand-written captions.
THREE: A booklet with twenty-four, one to a page, magazine covers featuring De Dienes photos of Marilyn. Seventeen of them are European titles. Predictably, great photos are weakened by logos, cover lines and generally poor cropping. I thought this booklet was rather disappointing in its production.
FOUR: The 608 page facsimile of De Dienes manuscript and composite book. I think this is the most fascinating item in the box because of the production problems.Read more ›
Even after reading the measurements & other reviews about its size, I still had NO IDEA how large it really was..... It's nearly 2 FEET TALL and almost as wide!!! Not to mention the 15 pounds it weighs! Knowing that I was still shocked pulling it out of the packaging! (You should really get a ruler so you get the full effect of how large it is)
The large book is fantastic. It has some of the most beautiful pictures of Norma Jeane that you will ever see. (I especially adore the ones where she's makeup free) The youthfulness and charm she exudes in these photos really give you a feeling of genuine happiness which can be hard to find in her later years. Not only are the photos top shelf but Andre's writings give insight to not just his & Marilyn's lives but also to the era. The book itself is also well bound and put together, with an imprint on the first page saying the book number (Mine is 5001/20000) & the place/ time it was created. Truly wonderful.
The second book is just as amazing. It's essentially Andre's journal from the time he met Norma Jean- on. It's fascinating to read the stories of how they met and the impact that they had in each others lives. There are also many great pictures and hand written notes that give a rare glimpse into her life before she was the blonde bombshell we all came to love. The book is also very thick. (600+ pages) The slight downside of this book is the thinness of the pages. You can see through some of them, but never bad enough to make it unreadable.
The last is a magazine with the 25 or so covers that Marilyn has graced.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is definitely not like the "original" published version of this book. I don't care for the 'smallness' of this book. Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by neenee
If you are a Marilyn Monroe fan like i am, this book is a must have. It show photos that you will not see anywhere else, plus the personal notes that Andre wrote are fascinating! Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Linda
What a beautiful, high quality set. I didn't expect it to be quite this nice! I thought the books would be short, but each is over 200 pages. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Elizabeth
...of deDienes first photos of Norma Jeane. The story of them is a pure contradiction of her own sisters telling but I just bought it for the photos.Published on January 11, 2013 by Kevin P. Maxwell
Norma Jeane had that something that enchanted the world ,but for all too short a time.Marilyn died in 1962 at only 36. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Jerry Guild
how ethereal was marilyn caught by headlights? this book contains some of the most innocent, and stunning photographs of marilyn monroe. Read morePublished on April 5, 2010 by Michael Luke Guarilia
Very subjective story of the relationship of Andre and MM. It is hard to tell if he embellished some of the facts of his books. Read more
I picked this book up today and was intrigued by the direct casual photos of photos that I was not used to of Marilyn Monroe. Read morePublished on January 5, 2008 by lauraryan
Even for non-Marilynphiles, this is a magic photographic trip of her metamorphosis from Norma Jeane to Marilyn - would have liked to have more of the pictures in 8 x 10 format, and... Read morePublished on December 26, 2007 by C. Brand-edwards