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My Week With Marilyn [DVD]

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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It's the summer of 1956 & the world's most famous film star Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) is in Britain shooting The Prince and The Showgirl [DVD] [1957]. After constantly fluffing her lines due to her not understanding her screen character it seems everyone has lost patience with her, including Director/Actor Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh). Also her new husband Arthur Miller has gone back home to the US following a row leaving Marilyn feeling alone.

Colin Clark is a 23 year old starstruck 3rd Assistant Director on his first job in the film industry. The 2 become close as Monroe trusts Clark's honesty towards her & he helps her to overcome the pressure of her work.

Instead of the usual biopic formula that serms to be popular in Hollywood these days this film simply focuses on a brief period in Monroe's life. By keeping to one story though it does give the film a chance to develop better instead of racing through events but some may find the film uninteresting as there are far more important stories of Monroe to tell & there is debate to exactly how much of Clark's diaries are really true. However I feel the film accurately shows us a side of Marilyn many people may not have seen before. For example, what is Marilyn Monroe like when she's not being Marilyn Monroe? Michelle Williams portrays her as a vulnerable film star desperate to become a great Actress but struggling to live up to expectations of her. In one scene when talking about her 3 marriages she tells Clark that men want to be with Marilyn Monroe but run away when they realise she isn't her. In the privacy of her country home she is lonely & sad, drinking & taking pills to escape her inner demons.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MINOR CLASSIC 5 Jan 2012
I thought this film was totally enjoyable and charming. Quite surprisingly good.

Why surprising? Because it has so many stars in it that I feared it was one of those projects where the producer had just decided to throw money at a somewhat predictable storyline. But Judy Dench, Kenneth Branagh and the others certainly live up to their considerable reputations; and the two main actors are excellent as the hero, Clark, and Marilynne. It is really a bitter-sweet fairy-tale, but one which is entirely believable. A very accurate and amusing picture is painted, of the vast gulf which existed in the late 1950s between British and American culture, two styles of acting, and two ways of life.

I think the makers of this film have understood the psychology of Marilynne Monroe very well. She had created a role which she could play to perfection, but which she did not always want to play. It is very telling that at one point she asks 'shall I be HER?' Her frailty and vulnerability shows through. You begin to understand what drove her to drink, and worse.

It is a minor point but I was also fascinated to learn for the first time that the hero, Clark, was the second son of 'Lord Clark of Civilisation' and the younger brother of Alan Clark, the diarist, politician and roguish aristocrat who swam round the moat of his castle once a year at Christmas time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth seeing 10 Mar 2012
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Michelle Williams really shines with an outstanding portrayal of Marilyn Monroe showing the glitz and the fragility with equal aplomb. Kenneth Branagh is superb as the frustrated and explosive Olivier. Eddie Redmayne is charming as Colin who falls in love with Marilyn and shares his close up view of her and the circus surrounding her. I'd like to have seen a little more effort made with the bonus features for the DVD. Whilst I'm sure that everyone was happy to work with everyone else on the film we could have learned a little more about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 15 Mar 2014
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Like all blu-rays when compared to watching the DVD version or an old video one watching this film is a clearer, more detailed experience and in many cases it's like looking at the film for the first time as the film stock used to transfer to Blu-Ray is usually "worked on" first to get as good a copy as possible.
My taste in films may not be the same as yours so if you want to know about this film I suggest that you use the internet to find 2 or 3 reviews by experienced film reviewers and make your judgment whether or not to buy this film.
I have watched over 600 films in my life and have a collection of over 200 Blu-Ray's and I rate this one 9/10.
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This sliver of time in the life of Marilyn Monroe highlights a woman already famous & now on her third marriage - this time to the author Arthur Miller - that still requires validation.

This movie opens the world on a Marilyn wracked with insecurities & craving attention, validation & affirmation as a serious actress. This movie does not attempt to address the issue of the reasons for her insecurity but it does shine a sharp light on it.

For all her fame, it was more of the bimbo variety. Perhaps this is the source of her insecurity in that she is now costarring with Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl; a film she firmly believed would finally cement her reputation as a serious actress.

A clearly exasperated Olivier played by Kenneth Branagh has to deal with an increasingly erratic & irascible Marilyn who is constantly late & battling with her lines. This results in Marilyn taking an overdose of pills.

Oliver & management use a young assistant, Colin Clark, to keep Marilyn on track. In Colin Clark, Marilyn finds a charming but emotionally inexperienced person, with whom she develops a close personal relationship. Sensing this immaturity despite their only being a difference of seven years in their ages, she uses him as a crutch to comfort her. From Marilyn’s perspective, their relationship is purely platonic but Colin become increasingly enamoured by this sexually mature woman & becomes infatuated with her & even foolishly proposes a more serious relationship.

It is at this point that Marilyn rebuffs his suggestion & gets her act together. This allows her to complete the movie in style without any further hitches.

For me, this movie is an eye-opener.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice...
A Great insight to "Marilyn Monroe's" Life!
I didn't understand the Film at first until it gets going, and then when I finally got into it I really understood, and it... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Anthony Dukes
4.0 out of 5 stars My Week with Marilyn [Blu-ray]
The girlfriend loves it and its not a bad watch at all. Good acting and good screen play good film
Published 15 days ago by J Howitt
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
saw this film on tv was that impressed I bought it on DVD to view later. I also purchased the prince and the showgirl as i have never seen it
Published 19 days ago by Mrs. April Cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars A little Gem
Thoroughly entertaining and interesting angle on Marilyn Monroe, played by Michelle Williams, who once again illustrates how she is amongst the very best of american film... Read more
Published 1 month ago by john strongman
5.0 out of 5 stars Larry and marilyn
I brought this DVD because I also read the book by Colin Clark some time ago. I was and still am an admirer of Laurence Olivier who introduced me to Shakespeare in the 1960's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. J. A. Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars I was only following orders !
Film was requested by my wife. I have watched and it is a fascinating snap shop in time of this famous star.
Published 2 months ago by dessolbyjon
5.0 out of 5 stars good
has big names and the movie itself doesnt fail to disappoint. bought for a marilyn fan and she loves it.
Published 2 months ago by H Coles
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning movie
I absolutely love this,movie
Got it for my mother and she loved it too!
Great family movie and good atpcting!
Published 2 months ago by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and an instant classic
I'm in love with this movie! Michelle Williams did an absolutely wonderful job and portrays Marilyn beautifully. Just a beautiful movie altogether.
Published 2 months ago by Maria Seydel
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Stars
If I could give it 6 Stars I would.
One week in time, the beautifully told story of the delicate and fleeting film icon Marilyn Monroe is shown here showing her vulnerability... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. J. A. Bentley
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