And now here’s “Hyde Park on Hudson,” a ghastly piece of would-be Oscar bait sure to offend every history buff eager to see a solid biopic (or, at the very least, character portrait) of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This is a president whose policies are still a vital part of the national discourse today, and whose steadfast determination to pull America out of a hellacious Depression led to its transformation. Ed Asner has been touring the country in a one-man
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Bill Murray (Get Low) plays U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson, a movie that’s part love story, part drama, part comedy.
Rated R, Hyde Park on Hudson is centered around the weekend in 1939 when the English King (Samuel West, TV’s Mr Selfridge) and Queen (Olivia Colman, The Iron Lady) visited the home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in upstate New York.
During the first-ever visit of a reigning British monarch to America, Fdr juggles international affairs with the complications of his wife (Olivia Williams, Anna Karenina), mother (Elizabeth Wilson) and mistress, his distant cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (Laura Linney, Sympathy for Delicious).
Directed by Roger Michell (Morning Glory), the film was written by Richard Nelson (Ethan Frome).
Hyde Park on Hudson was screened in limited theaters, grossing $5.6 million. But it
The occasion was a landmark of sorts (the first visit to the States of a British monarch), but more symbolic than truly significant and treated here as an old-fashioned, lightweight comedy of Anglo-American manners and a titillating look at Fdr's discreet harem,
Michell – known predominantly for Notting Hill – discusses with us his ow personal fascination into the time of which this film is set, and how much research material was available to him. He also discusses his delight at collaborating with writer Richard Nelson and his upcoming title Le Weekend.
Hyde Park on Hudson is released in UK cinemas this Friday 1st February and you can see all our coverage of the movie here including our interview with Olivia Colman and Samuel West.
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Laura Linney isn't important. "Meh," she shrugs happily. "I'm no one. I'm not Bill [Murray, taking tea in the next room]. I'm not a tentpole of culture." A cheery pause. "People can get nervous around me but that's just a weird sense of celebrity."
Silence descends, broken only by the clacking of her bangles. "The one thing I do get is that people are surprised I'm better-looking than they think I'm going to be. There's that. And that throws me sometimes."
Is that a nice thing to be told? "It's double-edged. Every once in a while I'm like: Oh, Ok ... good. And then I'm like, well ..." People are so surprised! "Oh! You're good-looking!" Well, thanks ..."
In the flesh, Linney is formidable: very sharp, very pretty, maybe a little more blingy than you'd expect.
A historical tale that uniquely explores the all-too-human side of one of history’s iconic leaders is directed by Roger Michell from a screenplay by Richard Nelson.
Seen through the eyes of Daisy (Laura Linney), Franklin’s neighbor and intimate, his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams), mother Sara (Elizabeth Wilson), and secretary Missy (Elizabeth Marvel) will all play a part in making the royal weekend at Hyde Park on Hudson in upstate New York in June 1939 – the first-ever visit of a reigning British monarch to America.
The unforgettable weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations,
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There’s been a debate brewing online lately over whether or not movies should stray beyond being roughly two hours. Those in favor of shorter films argue that there’s no discernible advantage in making movies so lengthy aside from filmmakers being overindulgent. While some directors aren’t willing to be liberal in the editing bay with their films, a surprising number of movies would do well to not be so concise. One such example is Hyde Park on Hudson, an historical drama about an eventful weekend for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and a paramour of his, in the long run-up to World War II.
In a strange but not terribly distracting casting choice, Bill Murray plays Fdr, looking less presidential and more like a charming older uncle. Hyde Park on Hudson takes place in June of
“Hyde Park on Hudson,” which opens on Dec. 14, 2012 in Chicago and is rated “R,” also stars Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Samuel West, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Marvel, Elizabeth Wilson, Martin McDougall, Andrew Havill and Eleanor Bron from writer Richard Nelson and director Roger Michell.
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The casting might sound weird at first. But Murray's subtly charming presence ends up being one of the stronger elements of the otherwise lightweight romance "Hyde Park on Hudson," which depicts one of the most revered United States presidents with all the substance and insight of a lukewarm cup of tea.
"Notting Hill" director Roger Michell, working from a script by Richard Nelson, focuses on a brief period in the secret affair between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his fifth cousin, Margaret Suckley – or "Daisy" as she was known. Unflaggingly loyal, earnest and supportive, she's also mousy, quiet and a total bore – a huge waste of the versatile and vibrant talents of Laura Linney.
The fact that Linney provides wall-to-wall voiceover doesn't add much, as she's stuck spelling out what should be pretty obvious on screen ("He said I helped him forget the weight of the world,
In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (played by Mr. Murray) readies to host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York . marking the first-ever visit of a reigning British monarch to America. As Britain faces imminent war with Germany, the royals are desperately looking to Fdr for U.S. support.
But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of Fdr’s domestic establishment, as his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams), mother Sara (Elizabeth Wilson), and secretary Missy (Elizabeth Marvel) will all play a part in
With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to Fdr for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of Fdr.s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. Seen through the eyes of Daisy (Academy Award nominee Laura Linney), Franklin.s neighbor and intimate, the weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy . and through her, for us all . a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship.
As usual, at the beginning of the report, I will remind you that this project comes from director Roger Michell, while Richard Nelson stands behind the movie script which centers on the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.
The movie has an awesome cast on board which, beside the extraordinary Murray also includes Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Samuel West, Elizabeth Marvel, Elizabeth Wilson, Eleanor Bron and Olivia Williams.
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