The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
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The piece of music heard during the broadcast of King George VI's 1939 radio speech is the second movement Allegretto of Ludwig van Beethoven's 7th Symphony. It was slightly altered to suit the film, by mimicking the King's speech patterns: the immediate repetition of the movement's opening woodwind chord is a "musical stammer" similar to the King's stutter; the tempo chosen (roughly 54 beats per minute) is slow relative to Beethoven's Allegretto indication (meaning "moderately quick"), while the silences between the musical phrases are lengthened through extreme rubato (meaning that the music is played not in strictly even time, but rather with some flexibility). These alterations communicate the King's progression from a nervous start to a confident, flowing delivery. See more »
In the conversation with Bertie after delivering the Christmas proclamation, the old King calls Joseph Stalin "Marshal Stalin". Stalin took the title "Marshal of the Soviet Union" only in March 1943, after the Battle of Stalingrad, 7 years after King George V died. See more »
1925 / King George V reigns over a quarter of the world's people. He asks his second son, the Duke of York, to give the closing speech at the Empire Exhibition in Wembley, London.
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After seeing "Apartment Zero" and being bowled over again by his amazing performance as the Argentinean pretending to be British, I felt the urge to see "The King's Speech" again - So glad I did. It was very moving to see Adrian Leduc being George VI. What an astonishing actor. In Apartment Zero he creates a character without a personality. A repressed, innocent that comes out as a total weirdo but we know better. His undeclared needs reflected in Colin Firth's eyes are a prodigious acting feast. In The King's Speech, his George VI suffers from a different fear but it's also pungently clear in the actor's eyes. I think what they both share is a desperate wish to be invisible. For King George that's an impossibility so, his struggle to move forward, learning to be the man everyone expects him to be is enormously moving. As you may have guessed, Colin Firth has become one of my favorite actors of all time.
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