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My Week with Marilyn (2011)

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Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl.

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Director: Laurence Olivier
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Richard Wattis
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Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to see the blonde bombshell, while Olivier is struggling to meet her many demands and acting ineptness, and Colin is intrigued by her. Colin's intrigue is met when Marilyn invites him into her inner world where she struggles with her fame, her beauty and her desire to be a great actress. Written by napierslogs

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23 December 2011 (USA)  »

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£6,400,000 (estimated)

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$1,750,507 (USA) (18 November 2011)

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$14,597,405 (USA) (30 March 2012)
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The reenactments of scenes from The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) were filmed on the very same soundstage that the original was filmed on. See more »

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In addition to the continuity error about the anamorphic lens seen in the preview theatre two different versions of the rushes are shown in that scene. When Olivier and Vivien Leigh are watching they are looking at a very wide cinemascopic version but, when it cuts to a different angle as they stand up to leave, the image is more of a 16:9 ratio. See more »

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Title Card: In 1956, at the height of her career, Marilyn Monroe went to England to make a film with Sir Laurence Olivier. While there she met a young man named Colin Clark, who wrote a diary about the making of the film. This is their true story.
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References Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) See more »

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That Old Black Magic
Performed by Michelle Williams
Words and Music by Johnny Mercer (as Mercer)/Harold Arlen (as Arlen)
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
Arranged and Produced by David Krane
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Michelle Williams overcomes the low budget
24 November 2011 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Remember "The Prince And The Showgirl"? I saw it for the first time only a few years ago, after the death of all the protagonists. The miracle, and it is indeed a miracle, Marilyn felt so alive, so contemporary. In "My Week With Marilyn" Michelle Williams is full of light, the real light, the internal one, while everyone else is deadly opaque. The film feels like a very low budget TV movie and not even the grand manors and colleges manage to give it the production value, the story deserved. But Michelle Williams is truly enchanting. Not that she is a dead ringer for the real Marilyn. So much more demure, smaller breasts, smaller behind, only her strange kind of melancholia seems to match the original one and some of that magic essence appears to be in place. Eddie Redmayne, the narrator, whose POV drives the story is rather a cool fish. His grasp is so limp and small that I was kept longing for more. Kenneth Brannagh is very funny and Judi Dench, terrific, but Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh is just so wrong one wants to fast-forward, unfortunately, that's impossible right now. But, let's go back to Michelle Williams, the one reason to see this film and in itself she's reason enough.


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