100 Discs of Christmas #86 – My Week With Marilyn (2011)

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Adapted from Colin Clark’s memoir The Prince, the Showgirl and Me, the film tells the true story of Colin’s brief relationship with Marilyn Monroe while she was in England shooting at Pinewood. The production of the film, The Prince and the Showgirl, was not smooth, and saw clashes between director Lawrence Olivier and Ms Monroe. Colin, a 23-year-old film fanatic, worked as the third assistant director on the picture and quickly became Marilyn’s friend and confidante.

Brilliantly acted, with the wonderful Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne as Marilyn and Colin, respectively, the film is an absolute treat from start to finish. It’s also stunning to look at (especially on blu-ray). Gushingly colourful, beautifully filmed scenes perfectly evoke the emerging glamour of the time. The film also contains some of the most gorgeous shots of the British countryside I have ever seen on the big screen.

My Week with Marilyn (2011), directed by Simon Curtis, is released on blu-ray and DVD in the UK by Entertainment In Video, Certificate 15.

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