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My Week With Marilyn

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
My Week With Marilyn
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In the summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark, determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. When his diary account was published, one week was missing. This is the story of that week: an idyll in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.
Publisher: [New York] : The Weinstein Company ; Beverly Hills, CA : Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2012]
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE M
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternate Title: Marilyn

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Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In 1956 Marilyn Monroe was in England filming The Prince and the Showgirl directed by co-star Sir Laurence Olivier. Based on the memoirs of Colin Clark, Olivier’s personal assistant, Simon Curtis’ intimate drama tells of the tensions between an addled Monroe who arrived with her usual retinue of sycophants, babysitters, and pill pushers, and the quick-tempered Olivier who was driven to distraction by Marilyn’s mountain of idiosyncrasies yet secretly envied her natural acting ability. Emotionally fragile and chronically insecure, Marilyn is attracted to the star-struck Colin’s quiet honesty leading to a tenuous friendship in which screen icon and gofer find themselves unexpected confidants. However, as they begin to spend more time together Clark’s star worship turns to heartfelt concern, for not only is his idol beset with a host of demons but her entourage seem determined to keep her in a hazy state of compliance through a combination of prescription drugs and ingratiating pep talks. With her current marriage in trouble and an increasingly impatient Olivier demanding more of her time, Colin slowly realizes that simply holding Marilyn’s hand is never going to be enough. Although the cast is uniformly superb, Michelle Williams’ Monroe is phenomenal. A mix of sex kitten and movie star, she shows us an enormously talented actress bewildered by the widening gap between the public legend she’s become and the lonely, vulnerable woman she actually is; used and exploited at every turn yet sadly unable to let go of the attention. Where the movie suffered for me however was in Colin Clark’s overly-sentimental recollections. From the lazy afternoon skinny-dip to the midnight spooning and whispered confidences, how much is fact and how much is just wistful invention? It certainly looks good on the big screen, and as an author-cum-filmmaker himself I’m sure Clark has a knack for telling us exactly what we want to hear. But then again, “based on a true story” has never worked well for me.

Dec 05, 2014
  • HopeButterfly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent movie all around. Loved all the actors in this. Will probably watch again down the road.

An interesting film, Michelle Williams surprises in the role of Marilyn.

Apr 26, 2014
  • George Millar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another great British film supposedly based on fact. I loved it.

Mar 25, 2014
  • kah_chan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the film totally and it really shows that actors are human and they need privacy and their own moments to feel happy and to grieve.

It was a tragedy to lose a super star at such a young age .....

michelle williams as the skinny 2000's marilyn, take a look at the prince and the showgirl to see the 1957 marilyn

Jan 01, 2014
  • richibi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

from the very first long shot of Marilyn doing her seductive signature singing, flanked by her attendant gentlemen chorus, Michelle Williams is Marilyn Monroe, no less accurately than Meryl Streep was Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady", the Oscar was surely a tossup, Williams was able to also reveal, clearly and ever so poignantly, how Marilyn's vulnerabilty was irreversibly integral to her fame, one of the best movies of 2011

Dec 31, 2013
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a 2011 British drama directed by Simon Curtis and written by Adrian Hodges.
In 1956, at the height of her career, Marilyn Monroe went to England to make a film ("The Prince And The Showgirl") with Sir Laurence Olivier.
While there she met a 23-year-old man named Colin Clark, who wrote a diary about the making of the film.
This film is their true story.
It is quite interesting to know the chemistry between Olivier and Marilyn during the filming of "The Prince And The Showgirl."
Olivier resents Monroe's dependence on her drama coach, Paula Strasberg, regarding Strasberg as a fraud whose only talent is the ability
to "butter Marilyn up".
At a time, Olivier explains a scene to Monroe, only to hear Strasberg interject, "Honey, just think of Coca-Cola and Frank Sinatra."
Later, however, Olivier says, "Marilyn was quite wonderful, the best of all."
You should be able to take a peek at Marilyn's inner self and her struggle to gain both sanity and happiness.
After "The Prince And The Showgirl," Marilyn Monroe's next film ("Some Like It Hot") became one of the most popular comedies of all time.
Sir Laurence Olivier went on to play Archie Rice in "The Entertainer" at the Royal Court Theatre.
It was one of the most acclaimed performances of his career.
Colin Clark became a successful documentary filmmaker and writer.
He achieved international recognition in 1995 with the publication of his memoir "The Prince, The Showgirl and Me."

Sep 14, 2013
  • pmischler rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Michelle Williams has several scenes as Marilyn where the resemblance and actions are uncanny. These are worth the entire film although in general it is quite good and for the most part true to fact.

Apr 29, 2013
  • love_my_library_card rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Watchable adaptation of one man's recollections of working on the film "The Price and The Showgirl." Michelle Williams has the daunting task of portraying Marilyn Monroe; occasionally she gets it right. Kenneth Brannagh is a great actor but I never once thought he was Laurence Olivier; Eddie Redmayne and the supporting cast are uniformly good.

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Mar 25, 2013
  • jessadam2 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I am and will always be a Michelle Williams fan. Been watching a lot of her films lately. I think it all started with that Sarah Polly directed film.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sir Laurence Olivier (to Colin Clark): "Remember boy... When it comes to women, you're never too old for humiliation."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Milton Greene (to Colin Clark): "That's what she does, she breaks hearts. She'll break yours."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sir Laurence Olivier: "Marilyn, my darling, you are an angel, and I kiss the hem of your garment, but why can't you get here on time, for the love of F*CK?" Marilyn Monroe: "Oh, you have that word in England too, huh?"

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