The troubled production of “The Prince and the Showgirl” in 1957, as seen through the eyes of a young crewman, focuses on the emotionally fragile Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). Her crippling lack of confidence infuriates the film’s director and co-star Lawrence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), but third assistant director Colin (Eddie Redmayne) finds the lady enchanting and wants only to protect her.
This is a sweet movie, well-acted all-around. Williams does a great impersonation of Marilyn (though I didn't find it Oscar-caliber) and Branagh is perfectly-cast as Olivier. Judi Dench is quite good in a small part as a kindly co-star. All of the action centers around Redmayne’s star-struck and naïve character and he gives an excellent performance.
The many problems on the set caused by Marilyn’s neuroses were beyond annoying and I grew tired of them and frustrated with the repetitive plot. The story of the shy but earnest boy who grows up thanks to his infatuation with a screen goddess is a rather idealized scenario and may have happened, but who knows?
I remember when I was in Hollywood a few years ago and was on the Walk of Fame. Out of all of the stars, the one that I saw the most people taking pictures of and literally laying next to on the (dirty) street was Marilyn Monroe. It was actually quite astonishing that after all of these years Marilyn Monroe still captures the psyche of people. She is the quintessential icon of classic Hollywood and the epitome of a timeless sex symbol. At times I feel that the idea and persona … more
When Colin Clark, the wealthy son of a nobleman, was twenty-three, he worked as a third assistant director for Sir Laurence Olivier on the set of THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL. The movie co-starred Olivier as the Prince and Marilyn Monroe as the Showgirl. Olivier hired Monroe as his co-star because he was intending the movie to be the film that would ignite his career with American audiences. Monroe was hoping the experience of working with the illustrious Olivier in an English production would help … more
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Written by Adrian Hodges Directed by Simon Curtis Starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh Marilyn Monroe: All people see is Marilyn Monroe. As soon as they realize I’m not her, they run away. In 1956, one of the biggest stars and sex symbols the world has ever known travelled to England to make a movie with one of the world’s most respected stage actors. Somewhere in the middle of the inevitable chaos and drama that ensued, … more
By Joan Alperin Schwartz When the film 'My Week With Marilyn' directed by Simon Curtis, begins...we see Marilyn Monroe on a stage singing 'That Ole Black Magic'...That's who I thought it was, anyway. It actually took me a few seconds before realizing that I was watching not Monroe, but Michelle Williams...That's how good she is in her portrayal of the damaged, insecure, … more