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4.0 out of 5 stars Monroe Glows!
The story is little to write home about...The Prince Regent of an imaginary Ruritanian country meets a showgirl whilst in
London for the 1911 coronation of George V. Laurence Olivier is the Prince Regent and Marilyn Monroe is the showgirl he encounters.
Photographed by legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff who also worked on Black Narcissus (amongst many many...
Published on 21 Nov 2010 by Mr. Mark K. Hughes
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3.0 out of 5 stars DVD "The Prince and the Showgirl"
I bought this in conjunction with my purchase of the DVD of the film "My week with Marylin" as this was the film that resulted in the latter. It is OK but nothing remarkable. If you do buy "My week with etc" then I do suggest you buy this film and, to round things off, buy the book as well about "My week with Marylin"
Published on 16 May 2012 by Mr. Michael Fuller
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent period piece and a different side to Marilyn,
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This review is from: The Prince And The Showgirl [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The Prince & The Showgirl is usually dismissed as a somewhat unremarkable piece of Marilyn's work, and certainly of Olivier's, but this is too shallow a reading of a what is a really quite sophisticated piece. The play is by Terence Rattigan - that most English of playwrights - and the theme is distinctly My Fair Lady or Pygmalion. The plot and the presentation is deliberately stagey, and the set and design are camp and lavish beyond words - a decorator's film to be sure. But there is more, much more.
Marilyn's sophisticated comic talent dominates the film completely, making Oliver work hard to bring his wooden character to life. She sparkles as always, but with such detail in her performance, and as usual, such naturalness that it all seems too easy. Consequently some see a performance they call effortless and slight - but who else could make you believe in the wide-eyed wonder of the little starlet so completely that her emotional bewilderment in the middle of George V's Coronation in Westminster Abbey is totally involving and credible. Every little touch and look is beautifully observed and for those who admire her purely physical attributes - her ass should have won an Oscar for this one alone, as she wiggles and bends so seductively that that Edwardian obsession with sexual suggestion comes completely up to the present.
It is refreshing to see Marilyn in a period setting with beautiful clothes and jewels a plenty, and there are jokes a plenty too - of the Oscar Wilde, Drawing Room comedy sort - Sibyl Thorndike makes a splendidly dotty Dowager Queen to boot. Marilyn's character dominates the plot and proves again that in a chauvinist and class dominated world the beautiful woman can sometimes wield the real power if she knows how to. It is the perfect portrayal of her apparent childlike simplicity masking that wise human understanding -that is the essence if Marilyn's screen persona. Her character is far from dumb, and her fearlessness in the face of grandeur and snobbery is quietly heroic.
It is more Gigi than Some Like it Hot, but refreshingly romantic and glamorous and completely unique in Marilyn's oeuvre - well worth the view!
3.0 out of 5 stars Opposites attract?,
A 40 prince comes to England and meets some show girls. He invites Monroe over for a midnight dinner where she eats and he makes phone calls. Most of the movie takes place in one room and Monroe wears the same white dress. She does go to the corination and a ball. She sings to him and pre WW I politics are mentioned.
The cover art never appears in the movie. He is a screamer and hardly appears attractive.
5.0 out of 5 stars marilyn at her most beautiful,
This review is from: The Prince and the Showgirl (Amazon Instant Video)
After recently watching a week with marilyn, we wanted to go back and watch this film on Amazon.
It is a fun movie with a great performance from Laurence Olivier and Marilyn was at her gorgeous best. The money was well worth it on Hi def.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest,
This review is from: The Prince And The Showgirl (DVD)
Marilyn Monroe, as ever, looks great in this film but not one of her best and to be honest, it was a little slow paced. The forced accents didn't endear it to me anymore either!
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little bit of magic,
Read the book A Week with Marilyn Monroe and felt compelled to see the film. It did not disappoint. I recommend both.
4.0 out of 5 stars Larry vs. Marilyn,
Other reviewers have covered this title very well. Enough to add that Marilyn lights up the screen in every scene. Makes a nice companion to "My week with Marilyn".
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn at her very best,
No Marilyn Monoroe collection could be complete without including this masterpiece of comedy musicals. A true Marilyn performance ensures it is a true favourite.
5.0 out of 5 stars classic movie from the 50s,
Marilyn Monroe at her best, directed by Sir Laurence Olivier, it's highly recommended if you like classic comedies. Enjoy it!
3.0 out of 5 stars Stagey,
Then movie showed its age, and its stage origins, with rather dodgy painted backdrops for outside scenes. However, Marilyn was as usual delightful, while Olivier gave his usual mastery. a movie to watch for the delight of Marilyn, which should be watched along with "My week with Marilyn", a true story of her and a director while on the set of Prince and the Showgirl.
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandaughter,
We bought this DVD for our 18 years Grandaughter and she has told us she loved every minute of it. Many thanks for earning us 5 stars in her eyes. Thank You from, John Feek
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