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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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