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December 30th, 2011


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07:34 pm - My Week with Marilyn
I have been to see lots of films this holidays. I went yesterday with emmzzi to see My Week with Marilyn, which is a warm light hearted film about the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl in 1957, with Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier and Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike. The cinema was packed and the audience really enjoyed it, there was a lot of laughing. I was very impressed by the impersonation of Marilyn Monroe by Michelle Williams. I think her radiant face was spot on, but afterwards emmzzi rightly said she wasn't as fluid in her movements as the real Marilyn, she didn't move about the stage as easily. Yes, very much so. A talented actress but not a motion genius. It makes you realise how extraordinary Marilyn Monroe was, a great physical comic actress. Also, incidentally, showing that there is no contradiction for a female actor between being funny and being sexy.

I liked Branagh as Olivier, who is surely someone he feels a personal affinity with, yet skewered as a vain bully. Famously the two actors, Marilyn and Olivier, at extreme ends of the acting continuum, and both top of their game, did not get along at all. I think the script was fair to both sides. Sybil Thorndike gave a little speech in favour of the Unions: If the workers fight each other, then management wins. Hear Hear.

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From:kalypso_v
Date:December 30th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
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Sybil Thorndyke was a very good thing. My aunt (not the one who died this week, but her elder sister) turned up on her doorstep once, and she said "Just the person I need! Come and test me on my lines!"
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From:communicator
Date:December 30th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
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That's exactly how she is written in this. Thorndike's personality comes through very strongly. I am sorry about your aunt. I have not kept up properly with things this week, because this week has been so busy.
From:emmzzi
Date:December 30th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Colin Clark, brother of Alan, evidently. And both a little prone to exaggeration in their diaries methinks.
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From:communicator
Date:December 30th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Yes, 'economical with the truth' I think was the phrase Alan C used. It must be strange to come from a family where everyone is so very famous.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:December 30th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Wasn't that the Cabinet Secretary on the Spycatcher trial?
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From:communicator
Date:December 30th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Yes, Alan Clark invented the variant 'economical with the actualite' which is more pretentious.
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From:altariel
Date:January 1st, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
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Didn't Mary Archer once describe Jeffrey as having "a gift for inaccurate précis"?

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