My Week With Marilyn 2011

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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 is called away to Paris on business, 23-year-old Colin (Eddie Redmayne), assistant to the irascible Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), sees his opportunity and offers to escort the star on a short break in the English countryside. As she adapts to country life 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.

Starring:
Toby Jones, Eddie Redmayne
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 39 minutes
Starring Toby Jones, Eddie Redmayne, ZoŽ Wanamaker, Dominic Cooper, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ormond
Director Simon Curtis
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 12 March 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 39 minutes
Starring Toby Jones, Eddie Redmayne, ZoŽ Wanamaker, Dominic Cooper, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ormond
Director Simon Curtis
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 12 March 2012
Main languages English

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cooper on 5 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
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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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By AV1 on 1 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The film,a true story, is based on the writings of 'Colin Clarke' who in 1956 stumbled upon a position,lowly as it might have been, as a production assistant during the filming of 'The Prince and the Showgirl' starring 'Lawrence 0livier' (Kenneth Branagh) 'Marilyn Monroe' (Michelle Williams) and 'Vivian Leigh' (Julia Ormond)
It tells the tale of an insecure 'Marilyn' and her natural ability to draw in the admiration of those around her.
During the filming 'Marilyn's' volnerability' leads to her relying upon the 23-year old 'Colin' (Eddie Redmayne) for support.(Lucky Chap)
This really is a very watchable movie with stunning performances from 'Kenneth Branagh' and 'Michelle Williams' and a great supporting role from 'Eddie Redmayne'
Good Picture and Sound Quality.
Worth a spin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Phillips on 24 Jun. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I thoroughly recomend watching this movie it is a little gem, the acting is superb Michelle Williams is almost like a reincarnation of Marilyn and Eddie Redmayne is excellent as Colin Clark.
I have to admit that I am not a great fan of Kenneth Branagh he is not in my opinion up there with the quintessential classical british film actors such as Olivier and Redgrave I usually prefer him in lighter comedy roles.
However I think he is perfectly cast in this movie playing Laurence Olivier particularly with the makeup he is a very good Olivier visually if not quite in his acting skills, excellent direction as always by Simon Curtis.
All in all a very worth while purchase and the Blu-ray transfer is perfect as it should be for a modern film can't fault it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. A. Heath on 28 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
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 through his film of Richard 111. And I have seen the Prince and the showgirl film which Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier which they were both in and my week with Marilyn is about the making of this film as seen by Colin Clark who worked with them both on the film set in the 1950's. I liked the film my week with Marilyn I thought the casting was very good especially Kenneth Branagh as Olivier and Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe. Judy Dench as Sybille Thorndyke was also very good. And other supporting cast. I have read Laurence Olivier's book confessions of an actor and he did say that although the film was difficult for him as the director regarding Marilyn Monroe at the end of the day she played a good part and sometimes made him look wooden the camera loved her and that stood out in the film. I think the problem was Olivier really had no time for the method as it is known he thought it was o lot of old cobblers. His approach to acting was alien to Monroe as hers was to him. I think he tried to be patient with her problems and lateness etc but in the end he blew his top so to speak. Sybille Thorndyke I saw in an interview on TV after Marilyn sadly had died at such a young age. She said Marilyn was a charming sweet girl she wasn't difficult at all she also said those that said she was difficult must be difficult them selves .i think she was talking about Olivier's approach to Marilyn's acting she felt he bullied Marilyn which was said in the film.Read more ›
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