December 1, 2011

Unique Vintage Recommends: My Week With Marilyn

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The test of a truly great movie is its ability to connect with its audience.  To speak to an audience intimately, rather than preach to them like a congregation, makes it entirely enjoyable for all parties involved.  In Simon Curtis’ directorial debut “My Week With Marilyn”, the film is presented not as a biopic, but rather a look at one week in the life of the incomparable Marilyn Monroe as she works on the film “The Prince and the Showgirl.”

The film is told through the young, fresh eyes of Eddie Redmayne’s character Colin Clark; a young stagehand who will do anything to be a part of the film industry.  After receiving the position of 3rd director, which is essentially the right hand to Sir Laurence Olivier, he finds himself enthralled and wrapped around Ms. Monroe’s finger, much like the rest of the world at the time.

Set in mid-fifties England, the film is a luscious homage to the period, as well as Marilyn herself.  Played masterfully by Michelle Williams, the role is taken to another level, in which Williams is playing Norma Jeane, who is playing Marilyn Monroe.  The multitude of personalities creates a lush portrayal of who Marilyn Monroe was, and the woman who played her.

The characters are only enhanced by the skillful costume work of Jill Taylor.  The period is depicted against the moody, foggy backdrop of rural England; a cool canvas in which Marilyn is propped against.  From effervescent, body hugging looks; to over coats and headscarves, the film is fully brought to life by way of costumes.

“My Week With Marilyn” is an Oscar worthy piece that takes a look at the woman we all knew so well on-screen, and the real woman who played her; a woman we never thought we’d come to know.

 -Stan Salas, Customer Service Connoisseur and Contributing Blogger

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