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Directed by: Simon Curtis

Produced: 2011

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom

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Certificate: 15

Studio: Entertainment in Video

Length: 99 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 16 March 2012

Cat No: EDV9719

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Languages(s): English
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My Week with Marilyn

Cast: Judi Dench , Kenneth Branagh , Derek Jacobi , Julia Ormond , Dougray Scott , Zoe Wanamaker , Emma Watson , Michelle Williams , Toby Jones , Eddie Redmayne , Miranda Raison , Dominic Cooper

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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 film starring Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. Monroe (Michelle Williams) has recently married playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott), and filming coincides with their British honeymoon. But when Miller returns to America, 23-year-old Colin (Eddie Redmayne), assistant to the irascible Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), seizes his opportunity and escorts the star on a short break in the English countryside. As she experiences the charms of the country and relaxes from the pressures of her celebrity and her work, Monroe recounts her remarkable story and reveals the fragile foundation of contradictions and insecurities on which her stardom is built. Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Dominic Cooper co-star.

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.

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