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Based on the Terence Rattigan play The Sleeping Prince. The 1957 film starred Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier.
My week with Marilyn Monroe. The story behind “The Prince and the Showgirl.”
This is not yet another film about Marilyn Monroe’s life or her story. This film is, just like the title says, about one week only, the week when Marilyn Monroe went to England to film The Prince and the Showgirland ended up getting escorted around by a regular guy or gofer, named Colin Clark (played by Eddie Redmayne).
Based upon two best-selling memoirs by Colin Clark, a young man who wanted to break into the business at the time that Monroe, with husband Arthur Miller in tow, arrived in London to film The Prince and the Showgirl, co-starring and directed by Sir Laurence Olivier, the story deftly centers upon that critical week in 1956, and yet manages to convey so much of Marilyn, particularly her child-like vulnerability, her insecurity as an actress, her natural charm and talents. While we have seen Michelle Williams tap dance and heard her sing before — she was superb in last year’s Blue Valentine — her moves and voice as Marilyn evoke the subject’s understated, magnetic performances.
Directed by Simon Curtis, premiered at the New York Film Festival, it is a gem. Although it doesn’t achieve the high drama of “The Kings Speech,” Williams brings Monroe to life with heartbreaking delicacy and precision.
It is Colin’s brief encounter with Monroe as her confidant, protector, and almost lover that gives My Week with Marilyn its tender heart. Dougray Scott stars as Monroe’s aloof husband, Arthur Miller; Dominic Cooper as her anxious business partner Milton Greene; and Zoë Wanamaker as her Svengali-like acting coach Paula Strasberg; there are stylish cameos by Simon Russell Beale, Sir Derek Jacobi, and, as Dame Sybil Thorndike, Dame Judi Dench. Kenneth Branah plays the frustrated Laurence Olivier.
Click on the link below to see the trailor ofthe film with Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe.
Williams is completely captivating in this film.
One of the riddles Williams still hasn’t solved is how a creature filled with so much life and joy could also be filled with so much misery and pain. “Her deepest desire was to be taken seriously as an actress, but she doesn’t really shine in her serious roles,” she tells me. “Where she happens to shine is in comedy and in song and dance, but she denied that.
The hurricane of grief that came with Ledger’s death seems to have finally passed. “Three years ago, it felt like we didn’t have anything, and now my life—our life—has kind of repaired itself,” Williams tells me later that evening over dinner inBrooklyn. “Look, it’s not a perfectly operating system—there are holes and dips and electrical storms—but the basics are intact.” Still, she says, in a fundamental way nothing will ever be the same: “It’s changed how I see the world and how I interact on a daily basis. It’s changed the parent I am. It’s changed the friend I am. It’s changed the kind of work that I really want to do. It’s become the lens through which I see life—that it’s all impermanent.”
Cover of Vogue Magazine. Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe
Spot the likeness, spot the difference! Michelle Williams v Marilyn Monroe. Some Like it Hot and they both sure are!
Acnowledgements: Vogue Magazine, Regina Weinreich, Wilkipedia