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
The film offers an excessively romanticized and sentimental account of Colin Clark's relationship with Marilyn Monroe, and with others, too. In reality, Clark had contempt for Monroe, whom he regarded as a hopelessly neurotic creature who would likely one day commit suicide. The real-life equivalent of the Emma Watson character was a working-class girl whom Clark simply wanted to seduce., although he regarded her as stupid. Far from being the naive innocent portrayed by Eddie Redmayne, Clark was also having an affair with a much older married woman at the time he was involved (in a very minor capacity) in the filming of "The Prince And The Showgirl", and admitted in a book to taking part in homosexual activities with some of the actors in the film when drunk. See more »
The beauty spot on Marilyn's face is missing in one scene and moves from the left to the right side of her face in at least one scene. 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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