Quote Originally Posted by mhv View Post
..... Why would Cindy Sherman's "untitled film stills" be only self-portraits, whereas a movie with Marilyn Monroe is not a portrait of her?
I know naught of Cindy Sherman - but a movie with Marilyn Monroe is a movie wherein Marilyn Monroe is portraying a role in a story that is scripted. How could it be a portrait of her - when she was portraying a fictional character in a story?

As to your greater point.

I'll leave that one for the rest of you.