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Monroe in a hall of mirrors

July 17, 2006

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As the subtitle implies, "American Masters - Marilyn Monroe: Still Life" (9 p.m., PBS) doesn't so much profile Monroe but offer a parade of the photographers who created her image. Like most films about Monroe, the cumulative effect of "Still Life" is slightly sad and more than a little creepy.

We hear from a multitude of artists who declare Monroe a natural before the camera, who simply came to life or who rather assumed a role before their eyes and lens. The cliche "the camera was in love with her" can be heard more than once.

For a work that is supposed to champion an "American Master," this film is free of clips of Monroe's films and all but bereft of commentary about her work.

Tonight's other highlights

¢ If your town seems bereft of talent this summer, it's because everybody has left to appear on "Rock Star: Supernova" (7 p.m., CBS), "The One: Making a Music Star" (7 p.m., ABC), "So You Think You Can Dance" (7 p.m., Fox) and "America's Got Talent" (7:30 p.m., NBC).

¢ On two episodes of "Lost" (ABC), Michael runs into the jungle (8 p.m.), Charlie arouses suspicion (9 p.m.).

¢ A writer (William H. Macy) retreats between the covers in "Umney's Last Case" on "Nightmares & Dreamscapes" (8 p.m., TNT). A second Stephen King tale, "The End of the Whole Mess" (9 p.m.), stars Ron Livingston and Henry Thomas.

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