BUS STOP, the 1956 film starring Marilyn Monroe, is one of those frustrating dramas at the mercy of a woman who’s strong and independent at one moment and a doormat the next. Like Shakespeare’s Kate in “Taming of the Shrew” or even Helena in “All’s Well That Ends Well,” Monroe’s Cherie, a singer in a saloon, wafts between falling blindly into lust with Bo, a traveling rodeo rider from Montana and then later screaming at him across a crowded bar room “I hate you and I despise you!” after he treats her like one of the cattle he ropes, only to later follow him home to his ranch in Montana, a beaming bride to be.
When a festival goer trying to adjust the heat lamp at the bus stop was stopped by a transit volunteer, he turned to her: “Oh you work for Sundance; I thought you were a real person.”
On the back bus by the library: “Dude, Salt Lake City is the easiest place around to buy semi-automatic rifles.”
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