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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,
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.
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
Sir Laurence Olivier
Dame Sybil Thorndike
Sir Owen Morshead
Lady Jane Clark
Sir Kenneth Clark
Simon Russell Beale
Swearing, brief nudity.
DVD and Blu-ray
25 Nov 2011
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