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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848421834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848421837
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 0.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Although the film involves a man overcoming a serious disability, it is neither triumphalist nor sentimental. Its themes are courage (where it comes from, how it is used), responsibility, and the necessity to place duty above personal pleasure or contentment... The King's Speech is an altogether more significant and ambitious work than Stephen Frears's admirable The Queen of 2006 and far transcends any political arguments about royalty and republicanism.' GUARDIAN \'Where lies its success? Let's start with the script, by playwright David Seidler, a model for transforming history into an approachable blend of drama and wit. For a film about being horrendously tongue-tied, Seidler's words are exquisitely measured, his insight as deep as it is softly spoken.' EMPIRE 'By the film's end I was in tears: a pathetic critic-thing whimpering in the half-dark, knocked into resistlessness by the power of storytelling.' FINANCIAL TIMES 'All this, amazingly enough, is a true story - told here with grace, good humour and heart.' --Total Film

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
Newmarket Publishers have issued a copy of the shooting script for "The King's Speech", with a forward by the film's writer, David Seidler. This company has issued many other shooting scripts for a fairly diverse number of movies, mostly of the "independent" category.

The book is the script with all the writer's screen directions. Also included are some pictures of the cast and a full cast list. However, the best part is David Seidler's forward. As a young boy in Britain, he was a stammerer. He'd listen to George VI on his radio speeches and identify with the king and his speech impediment. And when he grew up, he began to look into doing a film or play about George VI. Research led him to Lionel Logue - by this time long dead - and after Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother's death, he wrote a script and sent it out. A couple of years and a lot of conferences later, the script was made into the movie released in late 2010.

So, this book has a little background to the film and how it came to be made - it's downright amazing how many production companies join in a film venture to spread the costs - with actors and writers and production staff all credited. It's a good and valuable adjunct to the film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great item to own, especially for screen buffs 5 May 2011
By Allen Smalling - Published on Amazon.com
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THE KING'S SPEECH is a justly famous movie that dug in and played to wide audiences, then won an Oscar (as did actor Colin Firth as the title character, the duke who became George VI), then ran in movie houses some more and now is going great guns on DVD. And rightly so. THE KING'S SPEECH: THE SHOOTING SCRIPT helps us show how great performances on screen were the response to great words on the script. This screenplay was not an easy one to write: it involved many years, on and off, on screenwriter David Seidler's part, also a biographical book by the speech trainer's grandson, which itself couldn't be released until King George's widow, the celebrated and famed Queen Mother, had lived her life. The results are happily apparent.

Here is a solid opportunity (without having to take dictation from the home screen!) to see how much complexity and craft there is behind this innocent-appearing "prestige movie" about how Queen Elizabeth II's father conquered -- or held at bay -- a paralyzing stammer that made public discourse almost impossible in the new age of radio and would likely have doomed his tenure after his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry "the woman I love" (Baltimore divorcee Wallis Simpson). Screenwriter David Seidler has to squeeze into a slightly less than two-hour screenplay the historical background of interwar England and the rise of radio in the home; the psychological political dynamics within the House of Windsor, the nurturing role the Queen Mum (King George VI's wife) played -- and all of this leads to the central conflict, the reluctance of the King (Colin Firth) to embrace the unorthodox training methods offered by his speech teacher Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Once we get below the memorable and stirring dialogue in this literate and ultimately uplifting movie, we can appreciate the solid proportion of "good ole" Hollywood craft at work: this is not just a "dialogue movie" but one in which the camera tells a good deal of the story. When the dialogue does get going, all but the climactic scenes are a dream of efficiency of character delineation and exposition, and the climactic "battle" scenes between King and Commoner, and between King and BBC radio microphone, are just marvelous. There may have been a couple of historical liberties taken to arrive at this already-classic screenplay, but who cares? It's well worth having this screenplay, not only for the words themselves but for the camera directions contained therein, and also the color photography and the 19-page introduction penned by scenarist Seidler.

This effort is just one of about 40 in the Newmarket Shooting Script(R) Series, which also includes such critical and popular gems as AMERICAN BEAUTY, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, THE HURT LOCKER and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. About the only possible criticism I can offer is that this is a fairly modest paperbound book of about 140 printed pages; the sprocket holes on the book's cover are there to render just that -- sprocket holes as a signifier of film -- and not a reproduction of spiral binding, which this book lacks. Nonetheless a nearly ideal read, a great work to own and a decent price from this seller. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent companion to the movie... 9 Mar. 2011
By Jill Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Newmarket Publishers have issued a copy of the shooting script for "The King's Speech", with a forward by the film's writer, David Seidler. This company has issued many other shooting scripts for a fairly diverse number of movies, mostly of the "independent" category.

The book is the script with all the writer's screen directions. Also included are some pictures of the cast and a full cast list. However, the best part is David Seidler's forward. As a young boy in Britain, he was a stammerer. He'd listen to George VI on his radio speeches and identify with the king and his speech impediment. And when he grew up, he began to look into doing a film or play about George VI. Research led him to Lionel Logue - by this time long dead - and after Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother's death, he wrote a script and sent it out. A couple of years and a lot of conferences later, the script was made into the movie released in late 2010.

So, this book has a little background to the film and how it came to be made - it's downright amazing how many production companies join in a film venture to spread the costs - with actors and writers and production staff all credited. It's a good and valuable adjunct to the film.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fabulously written and informative 5 April 2011
By M. Sarrazin - Published on Amazon.com
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A quick read. Very well done. For a screenwriter, some interesting insight into the craft and the many obstacles as well as blessings that can come along when something is meant to be. I cried when I saw it in the theater and cried when I read it. Beautiful story of a humble king, his lovely wife who became Mother to England as well as her family, and the loyal, sensitive, dry humored GENIUS of the character of Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush)the speech therapist who, gave a King his voice and, more importantly, became his one friend. So interesting in fact, I am making a study of this wonderful quiet and very sweet King who was reluctant to take the throne and, for the glories of Monarchy. Sad to read he did not live very long, dying young from cigarette smoking effects. Such an unexpected piece of history to learn, the wonderful examples (parentage) for the blessedly long lived Queen, filled with wisdom as no leader has today. What a gift she is with us!
Talking Pictures 22 Sept. 2011
By Amaranth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Scripts have their place- but the fundamental nature of the movies is of ol' fashioned eye appeal. That's why there's CGI, props, the whole shebang. Now, with the theater, some plays were made only to be read-like Six Tragedies (Oxford World's Classics) of Seneca the philosopher. Reader's theater still serves as a function. College students read The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works 2nd Edition and some delve into Iphigenia; Phaedra; Athaliah (Penguin Classics) by Jean Racine.

However, with "King's Speech", let's be blunt. The appeal is visual-e.g. The King himself. The King's Speech proves that movies are made for watching. The script is quite minimal. It's not a visual cavalcade of delights (despite its leading man) like The Making of the Movie Trilogy (The Lord of the Rings). There are hardly any pictures. As for George VI's nerves, they could've been calmed in the bathtub like that scene in Pride and Prejudice (Restored Edition). Just sayin'.

"King's Speech" serves its function... as a shooting script. Very matter-of-fact and bare bones. More pictures would've helped. The real George VI wasn't eye candy (George VI), but the Oscar-winning actor who played him certainly IS!!!! Why must the obvious be denied?
Excellent for readers & writers 16 Nov. 2011
By Natasha Deen - Published on Amazon.com
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Great writing is just great writing, no matter if it ends up in a book or as a screenplay. After seeing the movie, I had to get this book so I could study how the words were put together, and how they made the characters & story. For those who loved the movie, and those who want to know how to write a great screenplay, this is a book to put on your shelves.
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