Directed by: Simon Curtis
Countries & Regions: United Kingdom
Studio: Entertainment in Video
Length: 99 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 16 March 2012
Cat No: EDV9719
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My Week with Marilyn
Drama based on the memoirs of Colin Clark, who worked as an assistant on the set of ’The Prince and the Showgirl’, the 1956 British-made... Read More
The filming of The Prince and the Showgirl was a famously fraught production, owing to the friction between a great actor (Laurence Olivier) and a great star (Marilyn Monroe). The juicy scenario is a gift for a screenwriter, and My Week with Marilyn emerges as one of the most enjoyable biopics in recent years. The script is based on a memoir by Colin Clark, who worked on Olivier’s film and acted as an escort to the star during her time in Britain.
Kenneth Branagh is spot-on as Olivier, spitting out juicy lines (he likens guiding Monroe through her acting to 'teaching Urdu to a badger') while subtly conveying the alleged jealousy of a hugely talented man who never quite commanded the same star power as his co-star. Judi Dench gives a performance of great warmth as Sybil Thorndike. But the movie belongs to Williams, who seizes on the best role yet of her impressive career. Wisely avoiding impersonation to re-define the perception of Monroe, she conveys not only the actress’ vulnerability but also her humour and occasional slyness. Both she and Branagh were deservedly nominated for Oscars.