Sir Laurence Olivier (Sir Kenneth Branagh) is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When movie star Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) 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
Sir Kenneth Branagh played Sir Laurence Olivier in this movie. Branagh and Olivier acted in or directed movie versions of William Shakespeare's "Othello" (Othello (1965) and Othello (1995)), "Hamlet" (Hamlet (1948) and 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. Sir Laurence Olivier played Othello in Othello (1965) and Branagh played the villainous Iago in Othello (1995). Also, Olivier directed and acted in Richard III (1955), while Branagh starred in a radio and audiobook version of the play. Also, Olivier played Orlando in As You Like It (1936), while Branagh directed, but did not appear in As You Like It (2006). Olivier also starred in Sleuth (1972), and Branagh directed 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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Michelle Williams achieves the impossible. We believe she's Marilyn! Judi Dench is a hoot as Dame Sibyl Thorndike and Kenneth Brannagh has his moments. But the rest...Oh dear, Oh dear. Who though of Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh!? and Eddie Redmeyer, he's a good actor, I've seen him on stage, but here he is a hole on the screen. He doesn't project anything that could possibly touch us. I remember loving "The Prince And The Showgirl" and thinking how remarkable Marilyn was. With the benefit of hindsight she had managed to keep her performance as fresh as timeless as a real work of art. While Olivier, the"actor" of his generation seems stilted and dated. My week with Marilyn misses the mark, big time but Michelle Williams performance makes it a must.
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