My Week with Marilyn
2011 — The Weinstein Company
My Week with Marilyn depicts Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier during the summer of 1956 in England during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl. These two screen legends are shown through the prism of a young man by the name of Colin Clark. Clark wrote a memoir of his time as a Production Assistant on this classic film. What makes My Week with Marilyn unique is that we get a truly once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of a Marilyn Monroe that would be impossible to see otherwise. That Monroe remains an iconic figure and very much an enigma makes it all the more interesting.
When we first meet Marilyn, along with Clark, she has just arrived in London, aged 30, ready to make Showgirl with her new husband, the famous playwright Arthur Miller. Clark, son of famous British art historian Sir Kenneth Clark, was determined to make his own way in the world and obtained a job as a Production Assistant for Sir Laurence Olivier. When he took the job, he had no way of knowing that he would get unfettered access to a woman who was adored by almost everyone, but known by a very select few. The Marilyn described by Clark was at once infuriating, shy, glamorous, and ultimately extremely fragile and eager to please. Michelle Williams as Marilyn puts in an amazing performance, as does Kenneth Branagh as an aging Olivier. After one week with Marilyn, you will find this film ending much too quickly.
Reviewed by Library Staff member — Monika Earle