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My Week with Marilyn (2011)

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Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).

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Simon Curtis

Writers:

Adrian Hodges (screenplay), Colin Clark (books)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 61 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Marilyn Monroe
Eddie Redmayne ... Colin Clark
Julia Ormond ... Vivien Leigh
Kenneth Branagh ... Sir Laurence Olivier
Pip Torrens ... Sir Kenneth Clark
Geraldine Somerville ... Lady Jane Clark
Michael Kitchen ... Hugh Perceval
Miranda Raison ... Vanessa
Karl Moffatt ... Jack Cardiff
Simon Russell Beale ... Cotes-Preedy
Toby Jones ... Arthur Jacobs
Robert Portal ... David Orton
Philip Jackson ... Roger Smith
Jim Carter ... Barry
Victor McGuire ... Andy
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Storyline

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 napierslogs

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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The notebook in which Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott) has written, and over which Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) is seen crying, is most likely an initial draft of his play "After the Fall", which featured a character that was an unflattering version of Monroe. The play remains one of Miller's most unpopular works. See more »

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In the screening room sequences, a close up of the projector lens reveals an anamorphic lens, which would be projecting the image in Cinemascope. "The Prince & The Showgirl" is not a wide-screen movie and rather shot in full academy, 1.37:1 aspect ratio. Furthermore, when the dailies are shown on screen, the image looks closer to 1.85:1, much wider than the original format of the movie. 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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You Stepped Out of a Dream
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole (as Nat King Cole)
Words and Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Nacio Herb Brown
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
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Michelle Williams overcomes the low budget
24 November 2011 | by littlemartinarocenaSee 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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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 December 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP6,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,750,507, 27 November 2011

Gross USA:

$14,600,347

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,057,696
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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