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My Week With Marilyn [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)

Michelle Williams , Eddie Redmayne , Simon Curtis    Blu-ray
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Anyone doubting the layered, nuanced, and heartbreaking acting abilities of Michelle Williams will find My Week with Marilyn a tremendous revelation. And Williams fans will enjoy it even more. In My Week with Marilyn Williams takes on the formidable challenge of playing Marilyn Monroe, and does so with depth and assuredness, and without resorting to caricature. Williams's Marilyn commands the screen with pain and delicacy, and doesn't let go until the final credits. My Week with Marilyn focuses on a small time frame in Monroe's life, right after her marriage to Arthur Miller. Monroe, already "the world's most famous woman," still feels the need for validation as an actress. What better way to achieve that, she believes, than committing to costarring with Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl, a film she firmly believed would finally cement her reputation as a serious actress. My Week with Marilyn is based on the short memoir of Colin Clark, a crew member on The Prince and the Showgirl, who quickly became the confidant of the wildly insecure Monroe and watched a train wreck of egos--mostly Olivier's and Monroe's--collide in a fiery near-disaster. Kenneth Branagh gives an uncharacteristically restrained performance as the exasperated Olivier, resentful of the "new blood" in Hollywood that the young Monroe represents, and disdainful of her cult-like devotion to Method acting. (And of Monroe's chronic tardiness, which threatens to undermine the veddy, veddy strict British work schedule.) Eddie Redmayne plays Clark with a sweet, gentle veneer, someone who grows to care genuinely about the complex Monroe. Julia Ormond is clipped and proper as Olivier's then-wife, Vivien Leigh, and Emma Watson shows a lovely gravitas as Lucy, Monroe's acting coach. But it's Williams who gives the revelatory performance, capturing with painful intensity the insecurity that begins to seep out of Monroe like a fearful sweat. "Excuse my horrible face," she blurts out, while looking nothing less than her usual radiant self. Where does this tragic insecurity come from? My Week with Marilyn doesn't attempt to answer the unanswerable, but instead shines a light on the very real woman who became lost in the giant shadow of legend. --A.T. Hurley

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In the early summer of 1956, 25 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and 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 (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott).

Nearly 40 years on, his diary account, "The Prince, the Showgirl and Me" was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as "My Week with Marilyn"-- this is the story of that week. When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasure of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desparate to get away from her routine of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Negotiating the magic tragic web Feb. 21 2012
By L. Power HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
When I went to see this movie in December, inwardly I was lamenting the overall quality of movies in 2011, with a plethora of remakes, reboots and sequels, and I wondered if Hollywood was running out of fresh ideas, while recycling the same formulas. Remakes/reboots in 2011 included Straw Dogs, Footloose, Arthur, The Thing, Conan, Spy Kids, Final Destination 5, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Some of the movies were high quality such as Girl with the dragon tattoo, and Xmen First Class.

Last year Michelle Williams deservedly received her second Academy Award nomination for Blue Valentine, and now she is nominated for the role of Marilyn Monroe. I liked this movie enormously, and was disappointed that it did not get nominated for Best Picture instead of Extremely Loud and Incredibly close, a dubious choice.

Nevertheless politics being what it is if MWWM was nominated it might give the appearance of Weinstein Studios having too much sway with the Academy Awards, as they also released the Artist with 11 nominations, and the appalling Iron Lady whose only redeeming grace is Meryl Streeps nominated performance. They also released last years winner The Kings Speech.

What Michelle Williams and the movie delivers is a very delicately nuanced and multi dimensional portait of Marilyn that we have not seen previously, those shifts in personality, her ability to be vunerable, to charm, to seduce and manipulate, and if you are Larry Olivier the ability to frustrate your ambition to make an incredible movie. In a perhaps ironic twist in view of recent events we see the entourage of people who can't say no or risk punishment by exclusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TO update Sept. 3 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Received quickly up blister! The product had the bilingual version english / french.

I'm very happy! I hope that the next orders, shall have more the bilingual version english / french. Thanks!

Best regards
JC Liberatore
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection! April 25 2012
By koolz03 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I loved this movie! I liked how it portrayed Monroe as not the "Marilyn Monroe" as we all have read and seen her to be, but as a real human being battling her own demons and conflicts. Very well done!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Michelle Rules! Feb. 6 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Can't do much better. And who wouldn't want to be the lucky guy who spent that week with Marilyn. One of the better movies. Definitely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn Feb. 4 2014
By B Wilde
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very good movie.Michelle Williams is very good.I have always been fascinated by Marilyn Monroe.She had a very tough life and I feel people took advantage of her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie June 3 2013
By LEDK
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If it wasn't a famous person the story would be bland but it was fairly interesting. Probably wouldn't watch it more than once though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars informative other world view of 50's icon May 12 2013
Format:DVD
One of the best films of an american in England is Notting Hill and in today's world is comparable to Marilyn's entry in LOndon in 1956? The greatest of american actors Spencer Tracy whom Laurence Olivier extolled as probably the greatest in america, and here he is pictured with Marilyn the photo op and perhaps other excursions not related in this bio, if we call it that, had a photo op. If not more..here we have a story and I think two memoirs about the film The Prince and the Showgirl and when we watch a film about an historical person whom we know so much about almost so much more intimately than many in our surroundings..almost like elton john's candle and its nothing like Descartes use of the same flickering light among the shadows..first of all we must say what is memorable. The role of Judi dench and since she is well known and the director purposely put her there..wanted her and shot in a special way to have her there, to introduce her to american audiences and she never fails to please? I donrt quite know she livens the proceedings and small roles especially with a presence make the proceedings we are about to watch grab us toward...there really is not much drama? If we care her few scenes and they really draw us in then we have a series of Marilyn..as part of a lOndon scene can this fellow actually have a relationship with her..and she's amused for a week..and then bids adieu..but those who like the CHARACTER of marilyn enjoy this film..shes so off putting even sex means so little to her and long conversation all that much more..known for book browsing and serious books at that..like the poor and those in solitude who as youth have little money and back in the 19th century amuse themselves with books..like the surroundings of Notting Hill..a book shop.. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 11 days ago by June L Sanders
3.0 out of 5 stars ... say about this movie is that I was somewhat disappointed...
All I can say about this movie is that I was somewhat disappointed considering I am a HUGE fan of Marilyn Monroe. Just not what I expected.
Published 1 month ago by Beverly Lepine
3.0 out of 5 stars MISSING THE "IT" SPARK
During the filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl" (London 1956) Colin Clark - 3rd Assistant Director on the movie spent some private time with Marilyn Monroe. Read more
Published 17 months ago by little lady blue
2.0 out of 5 stars superb Michelle Williams can't save this
Beyond the shadow of a doubt Michelle Williams is brilliant in her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. The movie itself is so slow and plodding that that brilliance is wasted. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Brian Maitland
3.0 out of 5 stars My Week with Marilyn
The acting in this movie was very good, but the story really doesn't go anywhere other than to show the superficial nature of actors.
Published on Aug. 14 2012 by James Hadden
4.0 out of 5 stars Intéressant!
Ce film , basé sur des faits réels , nous raconte le tournage d`un film que Marilyn Monroe a fait en Angleterre avec Laurence Olivier. Read more
Published on March 21 2012 by Ben Mears
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
The troubled production of "The Prince and the Showgirl" in 1957, as seen through the eyes of a young crewman, focuses on the emotionally fragile Marilyn Monroe (Michelle... Read more
Published on March 19 2012 by Kona
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