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This review is from: The Prince And The Showgirl [DVD]  (DVD)
This delicious - and unusually intelligent - comic confection took me completely by surprise when I happened to catch a Sunday night screening on the BBC last month. I've seldom been so captivated by any film, classic or otherwise, and hastened to order a copy of the DVD as soon as the credits rolled.
From first to last, Monroe lights up the screen with her performance as the eponymous showgirl, Elsie Marina. Her warmth and vitality, to say nothing of her radiant beauty, offer the perfect foil to Olivier's flintily Teutonic Prince Regent. A majestic Sybil Thorndike is Oscar-worthy as a laugh-out-loud Queen Dowager and veteran British actor Richard Wattis excels as the starchy Foreign Office representative, Northbrook. Costumes and set designs are positively Beatonesque - which is to say, absolutely magnificent - and Addinsell's light-hearted score is completely charming. I've been humming the waltz theme for weeks now!
As an interesting aside, the scenes in Westminster Abbey incorporate actual footage from the Coronations of George VI and Elizabeth II. Whilst adding considerable verisimilitude to the proceedings, these moving and powerful sequences help 'round out' the film's otherwise irreverent, if always affectionate, portrait of the mores and idiosyncracies of pre-WW1 European royalty.
An enchanting movie. Highly recommended.