Prince & The Showgirl [Import]
Destined to remain a curio in the careers of Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier, The Prince and the Showgirl is a good movie that might have been great. While's she's wonderful as a saucy showgirl with a knack for foreign relations, Monroe's off-screen notoriety in 1957 made this a directorial nightmare for Olivier, who never bursts out of his stiff-collared finery as the Carpathian Prince Regent, who's smitten by Marilyn's innocent, unpolished candor. Of course, she's actually smarter than the monocled monarch, at least in her sensible handling of his stuffed-shirt diplomacy, so it's easy to forgive Terence Rattigan's script (from his play The Sleeping Prince) for favoring pomp over circumstance. The comedy percolates without bubbling over in this tale of opposites attracting, but it's a top-drawer production anyway, blessed by Jack Cardiff's gorgeous Technicolor cinematography and by the charm of costars who successfully concealed their off-screen anxieties. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Marilyns co-star Lord Lawrence Olivier also Directed & Produced this satarical comedy of royalty meets show business.
Summary: The year is 1911 Olivier a touring European Prince meets a showgirl (Monroe) backstage in a London theatre. His immediate attraction to her prompts an immediate invitation for a midnight dinner back at his royal suite. Her beauty & candid wit keeps the prince off guard. A romance begins and the reality of royal service constantly interfere. Will they find happiness ever after?
Marilyn as always is beautiful and her comedy skills are unmatched. The Special Features include; Cast & Crew, Trailer and Announcement Newsreel.
This is a fun movie especially for Monroe fans. Enjoy.
Two other points--Monroe wears the most unforgiving gown of her career, a white number that she never takes off, which rather cuts down on much-needed visual variety. And the voice that she uses in the brief musical interlude is indeed hers; she has simply pitched it to a MUCH higher key! This is not as appealing as her her usual singing style, but appropriate for the period.
"The Prince and The Showgirl" is not Monroe's most famous role, but it is one of her greatest performances. And that she was able to create something that appears so effortless at a time of tremendous personal crisis (she miscarried during the film) stands as a testament to her oft-maligned professionalism.
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Despite reports that MM was troublesome on the set she performs very well in this movie.Published 15 months ago by David Gwynne
Super happy with the quality of this movie in that there are no deficiencies throughout the viewing. Read morePublished on June 22 2014 by Miss Dee
First of all, let it be known that I am a great fan of both, MM and Lawrence Olivier.
So much of a fan that even hating this movie,I still ordered and bought it because I love... Read more
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