Mike’s Picks: ‘Let’s Make Love’ and ‘The Colossus of Rhodes’

Let’s Make Love

Available via
Twilight Time, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR. 
Stars Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall.
1960. Five months before her final film The Misfits’ release, Marilyn Monroe starred in Let’s Make Love, the last completed pure MM “vehicle.” Basically a rack on which to hang a full array of hats, the script concerns an Old Money French billionaire secretly posing as an actor to lampoon himself in an off-Broadway satirical revue whose personnel isn’t aware that it has the real thing in its midst.
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The Colossus of Rhodes

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Drama, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Rory Calhoun, Lea Massari.
1961. Aside from some oddball casting amusements, this amusing sprawler’s other claim to fame is its status as the debut of Sergio Leone as a credited director — though from an autuerist angle, there isn’t a whole lot of future trademark stuff to be gleaned.
Extras: A bonus commentary by (Leone biographer) Christopher Frayling hits just the right balance between film/historical scholarship and droll humor.
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