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My Week with Marilyn

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My Week with Marilyn

Simon Curtis (2011)

94min
15 Certificate
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In 1956, the press was agog that screen siren Marilyn Monroe had sensationally been paired with theatre giant Laurence Olivier in the British movie The Prince and the Showgirl, but the drama that unfolded backstage offers greater intrigue. Their clash of styles is revealed in this beguiling adaptation of a memoir by Colin Clark (played by a wide-eyed Eddie Redmayne), who was a production runner on the film and became a confidante/companion to the isolated movie star during her stay in England. Michelle Williams captivates as Marilyn, matching her childlike lust for life with a darker, destructive nature. Even so, the tone of the film is light, bordering on fluffy, as director Simon Curtis keeps a narrow focus on Clark's growing pains. A lively supporting cast (Julia Ormond, Dominic Cooper, Harry Potter star Emma Watson) adds to the buoyant mood. But the standouts are a hilarious Kenneth Branagh, whose Olivier is always ready with a scathing one-liner, and Judi Dench, who plays Dame Sybil Thorndike like a fussing aunt. It oozes with romance, too, but most of all it's delightfully evocative of a bygone era of film-making.

Summary

A film student gets a job as a production assistant on the set of movie The Prince and the Showgirl. He bears witness to the clash of conflicting personalities between leads Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier, and becomes a confidant of the troubled, lonely Hollywood actress. Fact-based drama, starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench and Emma Watson.

Cast & Crew

Marilyn Monroe Michelle Williams
Colin Clark Eddie Redmayne
Sir Laurence Olivier Kenneth Branagh
Vivien Leigh Julia Ormond
Arthur Miller Dougray Scott
Dame Sybil Thorndike Judi Dench
Milton Greene Dominic Cooper
Lucy Emma Watson
Paula Strasberg Zoë Wanamaker
Arthur Jacobs Toby Jones
Sir Owen Morshead Derek Jacobi
Roger Smith Philip Jackson
Lady Jane Clark Geraldine Somerville
Vanessa Miranda Raison
Sir Kenneth Clark Pip Torrens
Hugh Perceval Michael Kitchen
Jack Cardiff Karl Moffatt
Cotes-Preedy Simon Russell Beale
Barry Jim Carter
Director Simon Curtis
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: Swearing, brief nudity. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 25 Nov 2011

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