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My Week with Marilyn [DVD]

Michelle Williams , Eddie Redmayne , Simon Curtis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Dominic Cooper
  • Directors: Simon Curtis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0064YOPK2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,227 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Anyone doubting the layered, nuanced, and heartbreaking acting abilities of Michelle Williams will find My Week with Marilyn a tremendous revelation. And Williams fans will enjoy it even more. In My Week with Marilyn Williams takes on the formidable challenge of playing Marilyn Monroe, and does so with depth and assuredness, and without resorting to caricature. Williams's Marilyn commands the screen with pain and delicacy, and doesn't let go until the final credits. My Week with Marilyn focuses on a small time frame in Monroe's life, right after her marriage to Arthur Miller. Monroe, already "the world's most famous woman," still feels the need for validation as an actress. What better way to achieve that, she believes, than committing to co-starring with Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl, a film she firmly believed would finally cement her reputation as a serious actress. My Week with Marilyn is based on the short memoir of Colin Clark, a crew member on The Prince and the Showgirl, who quickly became the confidant of the wildly insecure Monroe and watched a train wreck of egos--mostly Olivier's and Monroe's--collide in a fiery near-disaster. Kenneth Branagh gives an uncharacteristically restrained performance as the exasperated Olivier, resentful of the "new blood" in Hollywood that the young Monroe represents, and disdainful of her cult-like devotion to Method acting. (And of Monroe's chronic tardiness, which threatens to undermine the veddy, veddy strict British work schedule.) Eddie Redmayne plays Clark with a sweet, gentle veneer, someone who grows to care genuinely about the complex Monroe. Julia Ormond is clipped and proper as Olivier's then-wife, Vivien Leigh, and Emma Watson shows a lovely gravitas as Lucy, Monroe's acting coach. But it's Williams who gives the revelatory performance, capturing with painful intensity the insecurity that begins to seep out of Monroe like a fearful sweat. "Excuse my horrible face," she blurts out, while looking nothing less than her usual radiant self. Where does this tragic insecurity come from? My Week with Marilyn doesn't attempt to answer the unanswerable, but instead shines a light on the very real woman who became lost in the giant shadow of legend. --A.T. Hurley

Product Description

My Week With Marilyn is the true story of a star-struck boy who falls in love with the biggest celebrity in the world, Marilyn Monroe. 23 year-old Colin Clark was determined to break into the film business and his first job was The Prince and The Showgirl - the film that was set to be the smash hit of the year famously uniting the biggest stars of the day, Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier. On honeymoon in Britain with her new husband, Arthur Miller, Marilyn is excited about the project but quickly becomes desperate to run away from her Hollywood entourage, the pressures of work and the press who hound her. For Marilyn, Colin is a welcome antidote and he offers her everything she craves when, together, they escape the film set to get closer in an idyllic Britain. Simon Curtis' director credits include the BAFTA and Emmy-winning, Cranford, the International Emmy-winning, A Short Stay in Switzerland, and the Golden Globe nominated Five Days. The film is produced by Academy Award® and BAFTA winner David Parfitt (Shakespeare in Love, The Madness of King George, I Capture the Castle) and the screenplay is by Adrian Hodges (Tom and Viv, The Ruby in the Smoke and David Copperfield). The film is produced by Trademark Films and is financed by The Weinstein Company. BBC Films and Lipsync Productions also financed the picture. It was developed in association with the UK Film Council and BBC Films.

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
By AV1
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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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MINOR CLASSIC 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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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
4.0 out of 5 stars 'IT IS SUPRISINGLY PERHAPS -A PRETTY GOOD FILM' 14 Jun 2014
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally & heart warmingly brilliant 9 May 2014
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Absolutely brilliant, right from the opening scene to the rather emotional ending.
Michelle Williams's portrayal of marilyn monroe is worthy of an oscar, let alone a golden globe.
A star studded cast of kenneth branagh, judi dench,emma watson & dougray scott really make this film shine throughout the whole 1 hour & 39 mins.
Branagh is brilliant as olivier, his patience is sorely tested as an actor & director by Marilyn's constant lateness & her forgetfulness of her lines.
Eddie redmayne's portrayal of Colin Clark is heart warming, having fallen head over heals in love with marilyn, he begs her to give it all up & to stay with him in the uk, given her recent row with Arthur miller (dougray scott) which sees him fly back to the states, his excuse, to be with his children. Miller abandons marilyn to the boyish charms of Colin Clark & so begins his week with 1 of hollywoods hottest properties & the rest is history. A must see for any marilyn fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Production notes
Story of Marilyn's visit to England in 1956 to make The Prince And The Showgirl [DVD] [1957] as she has just married Author Miller. Read more
Published 11 days ago by ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good film
Published 27 days ago by pauline hennings
5.0 out of 5 stars A Film that captures the spirit of both the Book, and the age.
I bought, and enjoyed, the book when it was first published. After the film was aired for the first time on British television, I just HAD to add the DVD to my "Marilyn"... Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. Creasey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See produced by the BBC!!
An absolute 'must see'!! One of the best BBC films of recent or any other years. Beautifully acted in all directions!
Published 3 months ago by Dan Redford
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn lives on!
This a ver good DVD with a fab prrformance by Nicole Williams.and Edfie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh as Lawrence Olivier. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P T MORTON
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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months ago by Mrs. April Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars great
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... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr C. Taft
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 4 months ago by john strongman
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