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Trailer for New Marilyn Monroe Documentary Alludes to Dark Secrets

Clare Fitzgerald
Photo Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

Fans of Marilyn Monroe might recall that, recently, an upcoming Netflix film about the blonde bombshell made news after receiving a rare NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association. Well, another made headlines over the weekend, this time due to speculation over Monroe’s untimely death in 1962.

Netflix released the trailer for The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes on April 1, 2022 – and it wasn’t an April Fool’s Day joke. The documentary film is directed by Emma Cooper and executively produced by Chris Smith of Library Films, the company behind such releases as Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (2020) and Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (2019).

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes will explore the 1982 reopening of the investigation into Monroe‘s death, following the airing of KTLA’s The Marilyn Files. It features unheard interviews with members of the Hollywood icon’s inner circle, recorded while Los Angeles police looked to answer questions surrounding her death.

Monroe was found dead in her Brentwood, California home in 1962. At the time, the 36-year-old’s death was deemed to be the result of a barbiturate overdose. However, that didn’t stop people from speculating and spreading conspiracy theories.

Mourners arriving for the burial of Marilyn Monroe

The funeral cortege arriving at the burial of Marilyn Monroe, August 1962. (Photo Credit: Keystone-France / Gamma-Keystone / Getty Images)

The trailer begins with the narrator saying, “In 1982, Los Angeles reopened the case of Marilyn Monroe’s death. The interviews have never been heard until now,” while clips of her during the height of her fame play in the foreground. Viewers are then teased with audio snippets from both these interviews and from Monroe herself, in which she speaks about the effects of fame.

Aside from the trailer, very little is known about the documentary. The sneak peek does, however, carry with it an ominous tone, alluding to the likely discovery of information never-before-revealed to the public. This is aided by such phrases as “The brighter the star, the darker the truth” and “Marilyn and the truth. It’s like going into the lion’s den.”

Marilyn Monroe laughing

Marilyn Monroe. (Photo Credit: Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

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The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes is set to premiere on Netflix on April 27, 2022.