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My Week with Marilyn

My Week with Marilyn

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Director: Simon Curtis

Cast: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh


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Based on the famously missing chapter in Colin Clark's memoir The Prince, the Showgirl and Me, My Week With Marilyn reveals the enchanted week that the then-lowly production assistant spent with the most famous celebrity of the era during the production of the classic 1957 comedy romance The Prince and the Showgirl. The year was 1956. Colin Clark


Based on the famously missing chapter in Colin Clark's memoir The Prince, the Showgirl and Me, My Week With Marilyn reveals the enchanted week that the then-lowly production assistant spent with the most famous celebrity of the era during the production of the classic 1957 comedy romance The Prince and the Showgirl. The year was 1956. Colin Clark was an ambitious 23-year-old determined to make a name for himself in film. As summer gets underway, Clark manages to land a position as a production assistant on the film The Prince and the Showgirl, starring Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh). Monroe had just gotten married to playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott), and the newlyweds were on their honeymoon as production got underway. Later, when Miller leaves, young Clark seizes the opportunity to befriend the platinum blonde beauty, and give her a taste of everyday life in England -- far away from the bright lights of Hollywood and the suffocating pressures of fame.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Is there any more thankless task for an actor than to play a famous performer from the past? Especially one as clearly defined in the audience's mind as Marilyn Monroe? You not only have to live up to the legend, but dig underneath the surface to find the soul of a person whom the public knew only by her carefully crafted public persona and the pages of the gossip magazines that made a fortune off of her image. Concentrate on looking and sounding the part and you're accused of simple mimicry, but if you ignore that aspect of the job then nobody will take your performance seriously. Michelle Williams, who at 31 can lay claim to being the most-fearless American actress of her generation, wades into this minefield and emerges not only unscathed, but with one of the finest performances of her already outstanding career. Based on a memoir by Colin Clark (played in the movie by Eddie Redmayne), My Week With Marilyn details the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl, a light comedy starring and directed by Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), who casts Monroe in the part originally played on-stage by his wife Vivien Leigh (Julia Ormond in a small but memorable role). Clark wants to break into the movie business, and with a healthy reserve of pluck -- as well as connections thanks to his well-off father -- he lands a job in Olivier's production company, eventually becoming the third assistant director on the film. When the emotionally stunted Monroe arrives, she comes with an agent, various handlers, and her husband Arthur Miller (an unrecognizable Dougray Scott), as well as her acting coach Paula Strasberg (Zoe Wanamaker). Monroe's commitment to method acting infuriates Olivier -- she's forever late to the set and won't simply "be sexy" like he wants her to be. Soon, the eager-to-please Clark becomes the only person on the production Monroe trusts, and as problems begin to surface in her marriage, he finds it harder to resist the temptation to sleep with the international sex symbol. As a coming-of-age tale set in the world of big-time entertainment, My Week With Marilyn is covering rather familiar ground -- comparisons to Richard Linklater's Me & Orson Welles spring readily to mind -- but its uniformly superb performances set the film apart. Williams communicates both Monroe's gifted acting skills (she's a natural whom Strasberg nurtures through her crippling self-doubt) as well as her emotional instability. And that's not even mentioning her drop-dead sex appeal. Even when the movie drifts into the overly familiar areas of her life, Williams makes the actress immediate and multifaceted; her Monroe isn't a legend, but a sad, lost little girl. Williams has a number of fantastic scenes with Branagh, who masters Olivier's distinctly theatrical speaking patterns. We learn at the end of the movie that, after this experience, he would star in The Entertainer, and it's fun to watch Branagh play Olivier's growing realization that he's aging. He's no longer the young lion of British acting, but slowly becoming an elder statesman who not only can't seduce his leading lady, but can't even act as well as she does. For his part, Redmayne holds his own with what is by nature the least-interesting character in the movie: the good boy who sees the dark side of himself and others, and comes out of it wiser. With a hero so resolutely decent, so able to act with propriety, My Week With Marilyn is practically a love letter to British reserve; it's an elegant, amusing, and heartwarming rejoinder to the axiom that we only regret the things we don't do. But the film is never dull, thanks to the brilliant acting, the screenplay's many pungent one-liners, and the sneaking suspicion that we're actually seeing a legend turned into a flesh-and-blood person. My Week With Marilyn allows us to stop hero-worshiping and start appreciating one of the iconic figures of film history, and that's no small accomplishment.

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Special Features

The untold story of an American icon featurette; Feature commentary with Director Simon Curtis

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michelle Williams Marilyn Monroe
Eddie Redmayne Colin Clark
Kenneth Branagh Sir Laurence Olivier
Dougray Scott Arthur Miller
Julia Ormond Vivien Leigh
Judi Dench Dame Sybil Thorndike
Dominic Cooper Milton Greene
Emma Watson Lucy
Toby Jones Arthur Jacobs
Zoë Wanamaker Paula Strasberg
Philip Jackson Roger Smith
Geraldine Somerville Lady Jane Clark
Derek Jacobi Sir Owen Morshead
Simon Russell Beale Cotes-Preedy
Pip Torrens Sir Kenneth Clark
Michael Kitchen Hugh Perceval
Miranda Raison Vanessa
Karl Moffatt Jack Cardiff
Robert Portal David Orton
Jim Carter Barry
Victor McGuire Andy
Richard Attlee Reporter #1
Michael Hobbs Reporter #2
Brooks Livermore Reporter #3
Rod O'Grady Reporter #4
Richard Clifford Richard Wattis
Gerard Horan Trevor
Alex Lowe Denys Coop
Georgie Glen Rosamund Greenwood
Richard Shelton Waiter
Peter Wight Lucy's Father
Paul Herzberg Paul Hardwick
James Clay Jeremy Spenser
Jem Wall Spectator
Ben Sando Schoolboy #1
Josh Morris Schoolboy #2
David Rintoul Dr. Connell
Sean Vanderwilt Male Dancer #1
Adam Perry Male Dancer #2
Desmond McAleer Senior Policeman
Conrad Pope Conductor
Michelle Williams Singer

Technical Credits
Simon Curtis Director,Executive Producer
Deborah Aquila Casting
Zoë Brown Makeup
Kelly Carmichael Executive Producer
Cleone Clarke Associate Producer
Mark Cooper Co-producer
Sara Desmond Production Designer
Alexandre Desplat Songwriter
Hannah Edwards Makeup
Nina Gold Casting
Guy Heeley Asst. Director
Adrian Hodges Screenwriter
Mark Holt Special Effects Supervisor
Mark Kebby Art Director
Christine Langan Executive Producer
Jamie Laurenson Executive Producer
Ivan MacTaggart Executive Producer
Martin Pakledinaz Costumes/Costume Designer
David Parfitt Producer
Marc Pilcher Makeup
Conrad Pope Score Composer
Adam Recht Editor
Maggie Rodford Musical Direction/Supervision
Dana Sano Musical Direction/Supervision
Jenny Shircore Makeup
Ben Smithard Cinematographer
Jill Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Producer
Tricia Wood Casting
Donal Woods Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- My Week with Marilyn
1. Chapter 1 [5:15]
2. Chapter 2 [6:41]
3. Chapter 3 [3:41]
4. Chapter 4 [4:32]
5. Chapter 5 [5:16]
6. Chapter 6 [6:15]
7. Chapter 7 [5:47]
8. Chapter 8 [5:58]
9. Chapter 9 [3:41]
10. Chapter 10 [5:59]
11. Chapter 11 [7:22]
12. Chapter 12 [6:14]
13. Chapter 13 [:25]
14. Chapter 14 [7:09]
15. Chapter 15 [7:18]
16. Chapter 16 [3:33]
17. Chapter 17 [3:04]
18. Chapter 18 [3:53]


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My Week with Marilyn 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
alexphilAU More than 1 year ago
Colin Clark's account to his encounter and friendship with Marilyn, the hottest Hollywood celebrity at that time is one of the most memorable events in his life. Then, he was an insignificant production assistant in the Sir lawrence Olivier movie outfit. The movie is both hilarious and interesting and touches the hearrt of the viewer. I really felt sorry for Marilyn's life at that time. As a hot clebrity, she was besieged with the pill problem and work pressure. This movie shows how Marilyn grappled with the these pressure that ultimately claimed her life thru the over use of pills, seven or so years after that London movie assignment. I highly recommend this for Marilyn's fans and for those who are intereted in her life as a star!!
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