In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.
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
Kenneth Branagh plays Laurence Olivier in this movie. Branagh and Olivier have both acted in or directed movie versions of William Shakespeare's "Othello" (Othello (1965) & Othello (1995)), "Hamlet" (Hamlet (1948) & Hamlet (1996)) and "Henry V" (Henry V (1944) and Henry V (1989)). In their respective movies about Hamlet and Henry V, they directed themselves in the lead role (and were each nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for their troubles), while Laurence Olivier played Othello in the 1965 film version of the play and Branagh played the villainous Iago on the 1995 film version. Furthermore Olivier directed and acted in Richard III (1955), while Branagh starred in a radio and audiobook version of the play. Even further, Olivier played Orlando in the 1936 film version of Shakespeare's "As You Like It", while Branagh directed, but did not appear in the 2006 film version of the play. Olivier also starred in the 1972 film Sleuth (1972) while Branagh directed the 2007 version of Sleuth (2007). See more »
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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I just saw this film at the Mill Valley Film Festival and was pretty much blown away. My expectations were low and the very beginning of the film seemed to bear that out. Seeing well-known actors playing very well-known actors can take a little getting used to. But both Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams did admirable jobs. Michelle was a revelation. She completely inhabited the role of Marilyn in all of her complexity: her vulnerability, her guile, her sweetness, and her insecurity. This is one of the few performances I've seen where I would say someone is a lock for the Oscar. But this is not only a tour-de-force of acting. It is also a compelling and well-told story of the making of a film and of the competing personalities and agendas involved. Eddie Redmayne was wonderful as Colin, the narrator and main character of the story. Judi Dench was her wonderful, wise self. The cast was filled with wonderful character actors who seemed familiar and comfortable. My brother and I agreed that this was a better film than A King's Speech so on that basis alone it should win Best Picture. At the very least, it was an very entertaining and moving night at the movies.
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