Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My Week with Marilyn

My Week with Marilyn (DVD/Blu-ray Combo)

My Week with Marilyn is a British biographical film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Adrian Hodges. It stars Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Dougray Scott, Judi Dench and Emma Watson. Based on two books by Colin Clark, it depicts the making of the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl, which starred Marilyn Monroe (Williams) and Laurence Olivier (Branagh). The film focuses on the week in which Monroe spent time being escorted around Britain by Clark (Redmayne), after her husband, Arthur Miller (Scott), left the country.

Principal photography began on 4 October 2010 at Pinewood Studios. Filming took place at Saltwood Castle, White Waltham Airfield and on locations in and around London. Curtis also used the same studio in which Monroe shot The Prince and the Showgirl in 1956. My Week with Marilyn had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on 9 October 2011 and was shown at the Mill Valley Film Festival two days later. The film was released on 23 November 2011 in the United States and 25 November in the United Kingdom. For her portrayal of Monroe, Williams was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture. She also earned Best Actress nominations from the Academy Awards and British Academy Film Awards.

* Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe
* Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier
* Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark
* Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike
* Emma Watson as Lucy
* Zoƫ Wanamaker as Paula Strasberg
* Dougray Scott as Arthur Miller
* Dominic Cooper as Milton H. Greene
* Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh
* Derek Jacobi as Sir Owen Morshead
* Richard Clifford as Richard Wattis
* Philip Jackson as Roger Smith
* Simon Russell Beale as Admiral Cotes-Preedy

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