PROJECTIONS: Marilyn Monroe’s Screen Persona

Online course with Mary Wild on 20 and 21 August 2021, 2-5pm [BST]

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20 August, 2021, 2:00 pm - 21 August, 2021, 5:00 pm

£35 – £40

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All attendees will be sent a unique link to join the live event and the recording 24 hours after the event, available for 1 month. It will take place over 2 days: Friday 20th & Saturday 21st August 2021, 2pm-5pm BST on each day. Please check the time difference if you are not in the same time zone as UK.


Norma Jeane Baker transformed into Marilyn Monroe under Hollywood’s ravenous glare. She began working as a pinup model and went on to secure her status as a bona fide movie star. Many cinema scholars equate Monroe with the essence of the art form itself; she instinctively understood how to construct glittering images.

Monroe experienced the vagaries of fame, had three unsuccessful marriages, endured fertility problems, and consumed alcohol and pills to cope with childhood traumas. But she had the wherewithal to channel suffering into her craft, evident in her interest in psychoanalysis and reliance on method acting to deliver authentic performances. 

In this course, we will explore Marilyn Monroe’s onscreen persona; how she projected herself, and the ways in which film audiences continue to respond to her. We will consider the symbolism contained in Monroe’s most iconic film characters and her desire to disrupt widespread perceptions of who she was.

Advance viewing is optional. Brief film scenes will be shown during the course. 


Session 1 

Ladies of the Chorus (1948)
All About Eve (1950)
Monkey Business (1952)
Niagara (1953)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Session 2

The Seven-Year Itch (1955)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Bus Stop (1956)
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
Let’s Make Love (1960)
The Misfits (1961)


PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary – the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. MARY WILD (@psycstar), a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.


BURSARY – There are a limited number of bursary places available for £15. Priority will be given to UK unemployed and PIP/ESA claimants. Please click here to apply.


20 August, 2021, 2:00 pm
21 August, 2021, 5:00 pm
£35 – £40
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