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on 2 September 2016
This is a large box containing the movie, which is the same as the regular one, and the documentary The Legend of Marilyn Monroe. Also there is a film negative from the movie, a large poster and a booklet with full page pictures by Allan Grant. The box itself is quite impressive and looks pretty nice. It's from 2002 and hard to find. If you are a fan, it is defenitely worth it.
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on 10 April 2017
Not her best film, in my opinion, but shows that she could act.
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on 7 May 2017
considering the problems with Laurence Oliver and his STAR Quality - she performed extremely at the top of her career.
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on 17 April 2017
Some of my favourite stars. Good value.
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on 4 March 2013
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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on 19 January 2015
Great thanks
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on 10 May 2010
Marylin produced this with Laurence Olivier, for her own very short lived company in 1957.Marylin goes classic, with a Kathryn Grayson type of song when she woos the Prince of Carpathia (Oivier)after a cold supper in his suite in London.It is the time of the Coronation of George 5th and Queen Mary just a few years before World War One.He is a diplomatic guest and she is an American Showgirl. After an 'oops broken dress strap' moment he is attracted to her during his visit back stage to meet the cast of a show.Richard Wattis plays the government Aid trying to keep diplomatic relations sweet (and funny),and Sybill Thorndike plays a typical Dowager Queen.Annie (Marylin)is treated like a charming little chattle at first, but turns the tables later in a smart cookie way, and becomes the peacemaker between the Prince and his Son, the comming of age Heir to the Carpathian (fictional) Throne. Wonderfull scences of Westminster Abbey, horse drawn carriages, stately music, and marble interiors with Olivier's formal drama and subtle humour, make a classic framework through which Marylin parades like a rare jewel.A Queenly vision in white.
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on 19 September 2011
This delicious and unusually intelligent comic confection caught me off guard when I happened to watch 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 American warmth and vitality, to say nothing of her radiant beauty, offer the perfect foil to Olivier's flinty and 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!

Particularly worthy of note are the scenes set in Westminster Abbey, which incorporate 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.
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on 11 July 2009
I cannot believe how wide of the mark are so many of the reviews for this highly entertaining and funny movie. I have watched it several times over the years, still watch it occasionally and am amazed that it continues to entertain and amuse - it just refuses to date.

The funny, sparkling script by Terence Rattigan is leavened with the yeast of telling social commentary, as relevant today as it is to the Edwardian setting. It is full of perceptive one-liners that still make us chuckle. The basic story of how a street-wise, but romantic young girl not only survives, but succeeds in the rarified class-conscious world of royalty and ossified convention is one that enchants us and has us rooting for her.

Visually, it is a feast of riotous colour - stunning interiors, beautiful women in gorgeous dresses and men in either impressive uniforms or the masculine elegance of Edwardian menswear. What's not to like? Jack Cardiff, the cinematographer, yet again demonstrates his unique painterly skill as the finest Technicolor camaraman ever. He displays Marilyn Monroe's beauty better than any other cinematographer has ever done.

The comments that Olivier's acting is "wooden" and that Monroe acts him off the screen are just ridiculous. Olivier is an actor, for heaven's sake, and is playing a Balkan prince of no charm and sombre character. The first five minutes alone - where he thanks the line of actors - is memorably funny with Olivier's subtle interpretation of a bored royal's public relations ritual. He brilliantly contrasts the prince's distant, embarrassed, response to forward yoicks to his attempts at flirtatious conversation with attractive young and not-so-young women. And the carriage scene, in which his ferocious demeanour melts into a wintry smile at the young, impressionable girl's evident excited enjoyment of the occasion is Olivier at his best. Watch his impeccable timing as he delivers his comic lines - it looks just so easy and natural, until we try to do it ourselves! Superb acting. This film also demonstrates that he was an excellent director, as good as any. The pacing, the characterisation, the way in which the story is played out to us, the precise timing of the many comic situation set-pieces, show directorial skills of the highest order.

Anyone who believes that Monroe could not act should be made to watch this movie. She clearly demonstrates here that she was a naturally talented actress with a particular skill for comedy. Unfortunately, in her personal life she was surrounded by hangers-on, some of whom had only their own interests at heart, and some who were plain nutters. Between them they destroyed her self-confidence and suppressed her own natural talent. Here, with first-class, sympathetic direction from Olivier, she was permitted to shine and show what she could do. She was no puppet, however. Her facial expressions and body language, throughout the film, display natural acting talent of a high order, far beyond anything that could be achieved by blind responses to a directorial Svengali. Watch her, for instance, during the Coronation scene, as the rituals of an Old World society begin to impress her New World instincts. The stories that Olivier was driven to the edge by her frustrating behaviour during shooting only emphasises more strongly his directorial talents - nothing of this shows in the movie we see.

One comment from another reviewer that I cannot disagree with is the attraction of the "Monroe ass", though personally, I would simply prefer to say that never has the archetypal Edwardian bottom been more provocatively wiggled or more attractively presented in a knock-out design of a dress.

Watch out for excellent supporting performances from two British stage stalwarts: Sybil Thorndike as a delightfully dotty Balkan Dowager Queen and a wonderful characterisation of a, perhaps, not-so-stuffy man from the Foreign Office by Richard Wattis. Skilled actors like these make us believe in the worlds created by the stars and are a delight to watch.

Some movies are made not as great art, but just to entertain. That it does, brilliantly well. Sit back, enjoy and best of all, laugh.

PS - after several years viewing, always enjoyable, this is one of the best seven quids worth I have had from Amazon!
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on 3 April 2017
This must surely be one of the most boring and pointless films ever made. Marilyn gives a passable performance as an airhead. Olivier, who not only acts in the film but features as producer and director, manages one of the most unconvincing and flat performances of his career, enlivened only by over-acting and his cod-Carpathian accent.
One is left wondering whatever possessed Olivier at a late stage in his stellar career to appear in this tripe. Perhaps, like many another man, he was hoping for a glimpse (or more) of Marilyn unclothed but in this regard, like many others including me, he would have been greatly disappointed as she remains consistently clothed and over-dressed throughout.
I am left wondering why one cannot award a half star instead of a whole one.
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