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My Week with Marilyn

myweekwithmarilynYoung Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) gets a foot inside a British movie studio just in time to witness the chaos behind Laurence Olivier’s new film project, which partners him with Marilyn Monroe. A very entertaining, sweet and elegant look behind the scenes of the making of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) where two icons clashed. It’s all seen through the eyes of a 23-year-old who is dragged into Monroe’s deep insecurities and needs. Perhaps this film goes a little too far in its dreamy portrait of the star, but Michelle Williams deserves praise; Kenneth Branagh is an equally colorful Olivier. Alexandre Desplat contributed a beautiful piano theme for Marilyn.

2011-Britain. 99 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced byĀ David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein. Directed byĀ Simon Curtis. Screenplay: Adrian Hodges. Books: Colin Clark (“My Week with Marilyn”, “The Prince, the Showgirl and Me”). Cast: Michelle Williams (Marilyn Monroe), Kenneth Branagh (Laurence Olivier), Eddie Redmayne (Colin Clark), Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Dominic Cooperā€¦ Julia Ormond, Toby Jones, Dougray Scott, Derek Jacobi.

Trivia:Ā Amy Adams and Kate Hudson were allegedly considered for the part of Monroe; Catherine Zeta-Jones as Vivien Leigh.

Golden Globe: Best Actress (Williams).

Last word:Ā “I always had great faith in [Williams] and really believed in her and really liked her. In my experience, those things are very valuable. But there was a time where she worked and we did a big make-up and costume test on camera, and I went to collect her from the dressing room, and seeing the crewā€™s jaws drop as she walked on set as full Marilyn for the first time was very encouraging. She brought everything to the part. It was a privilege to work with her. I couldnā€™t ask for more from her process or the way she worked and so on.” (Curtis, Collider)

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