FLICKS: A TALE OF CINEMATIC DOCUDRAMA, HALF-TRUTHS AND HALF-FICTIONS
By SIMON PLASTER
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FLICKS is a tale about the making of a cinematic docudrama based on suspicious circumstances surrounding the untimely death of Hollywood sex goddess: Marilyn Monroe ---- Famous Tinseltown producer/ director, Deano DeBoffo, stranded in Oklahoma City, takes on the project at the urging of an agent/ screenwriter – who claims
to possess a certain archival loop of film -- and a local financial backer -- who contends the loop cinches the where, when, why, who and how of a case that Marilyn was murdered. ---- Laid-off high
school Drama teacher and aspiring actor, Jim Bob Sherrill, is cast to play Marilyn's suspected secret Latin lover, and killer, but -- as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator already in the throes of gender identity crisis -- also gets the part of being Marilyn in the DeBoffo docuflick titled "The Deadly Pepper Shaker". ---- Meanwhile, Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, D.C. "Dobber"Cantwell, staunchly opposes wasteful public funding of the arts -- including subsidies for boosting OKC into becoming the "Hollywood of the Plains" -- until he himself is seduced by the siren song of silver
screen stardom. ---- Henrietta Hebert, reporting for an OKC chain of weekly newspapers, initially suspends disbelief in the dramatization of half-truths and half-fictions, until stunned by a startling twist of cinema-verite at the flick's ending.