My Week With Marilyn

My Week With Marilyn

Blu-ray Disc - 2011
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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.

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3pitou8 Oct 19, 2012

All over the place with a lot of stereotypes. None of the characters were appealing or interesting. Poped it out of the machine after about 15 minutes maybe it got better but I highly doubt it.


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swyckl
Jul 06, 2017

I liked this biographical DVD. The story was strong. The script was well written. It was well acted. There is nudity and sexuality. It is not appropriate for children. There is no violence.

Parineeta Jun 21, 2017

Magnificent! Michelle Williams brought a side to Marilyn Monroe that I don't think I've ever seen before in all her portrayals through the years. Eddie Redmayne was also very good in this, I thoroughly enjoyed all the performances both off and on-screen. It is sad though, that Ms. Monroe never truly knew how big of a gift she had.

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RescueDog
Oct 28, 2016

Excellent.

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The_Tree_Hugger
Jul 03, 2016

Well said, velvetcactus, and your comments echoe almost everything I had in mind right after watching this spectacular movie. The great actors and actresses, especially Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne, brought to life the answers to the questions that had been puzzling me for a long time. Why is Marilyn praised as the sexiest woman ever lived - instead of some notoriously infamous woman figures like Kim Kardasian? Why, despite some conspiracy theories, she would decide to end her life at the apex of her promising career path? This is certainly one of the best acted movies I've seen this year (and last, and the year before, ....) and would recommend it to everyone I know who appreciates fine acting.

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firefly5
Dec 22, 2015

I enjoyed this movie. Interesting look into the life of Marilyn Monroe. Very insecure and needy person. Well played by Michelle Williams.

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velvetcactus
May 31, 2015

Marilyn was notorious for her so called prima dona ways including having difficulty showing up to the set on time. Michelle Williams I felt brought to light her insecurities. And knowing Marilyn suffered from debilitating endometriosis, it was small wonder her attendance record was spotty. I did find Ms Williams brought to light one aspect of Marilyn's personality that I had yet to unearth for myself: her selfishness. She never gave much thought to how she could hurt people, take advantage of them and lived far too much in the moment. She seemed to lack foresight. Which I found rather surprising.
I will always be a fan of Branagh's and I am fast becoming one of Redmayne's. He is a breath of fresh air as he redefines the role of a leading man.

nfentonn Jan 05, 2015

Enjoyed the movie very much,
Michelle Williams does an Oscar worthy performance. I never understood the fascination with Marilyn but Michelle brings it out.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

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.

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HopeButterfly
Dec 05, 2014

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

d2013 Dec 05, 2014

It's hard to portray such a glorious and over-the-top actress like Marilyn Munroe. Michelle Williams does have a child-like quality about her but I'm afraid not a match for this icon.

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velvetcactus
May 31, 2015

Colin Clark responding to Marilyn's question as to why Olivier 'hates' her:
'It's agony because he's a great actor who wants to be a film star, and you're a film star who wants to be a great actress. This film won't help either of you."

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jessadam2
Mar 25, 2013

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.

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Monolith
Jun 09, 2012

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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Monolith
Jun 08, 2012

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

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Monolith
Jun 08, 2012

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

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