Britanska biografska drama redatelja Simonq Curtisa o životu legendarne glumice, točnije o tjedan dana kada je snimala film The Prince and the Showgirl sa Laurenceom Olivierom. Film je inače svojevrsna ekranizacija knjige Colina Clarka koji radio na tom filmu, te kasnije opisao događaje sa snimanja. Budžet filma iznosi 10 milijuna $, a u glavnim ulogama se pojavljuju poznati glumci kao npr. Dominic Cooper, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Dougray Scott, Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones, Emma Watson i Michelle Williams u naslovnoj ulozi Marilyn Monroe. Zanimljivo, pretnodno je ta uloga ponuđena Scarlett Johansson, ali je ona tu ponudu odbila. Film je do sada bio prikazan na nekoliko filmskih festivala kao što su New York Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival i Chicago International Film Festival gdje su ga uglavnom popratile jako dobre kritike. Službena UK premijera je zakazana za 18. studeni 2011., a Američka će se održati par dana kasnije, 23. studenog 2011.
In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark, 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 united Sir Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe, who, whilst shooting, was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller.
Nearly 40 years on, his diary account “THE PRINCE, THE SHOWGIRL AND ME” was published, but one week was missing, and this is the story of that week: an idyll in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of working. When Arthur Miller makes a brief trip to Paris, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce her to some of the pleasures of British life.
The collision of the two worlds – old England and new Hollywood – is as incongruous as it is delightful. Slowly Marilyn begins to shake off the dark fog of insecurity and fear always hovering around her. She reacts with lovely naturalness to this alien world and as she relaxes she offers Colin fleeting insights into her own background – one of family madness, single-minded ambition and uninhibited sexuality. Simply and without self-pity, she relates the tale of her rise to the top in Hollywood; a story involving abuse of one form or another at the hands of almost every man she has ever known, abuse that has left her with only the thinnest of protective layers.
She is not without her contradictions – everyone wants something from her, but she too is fixated on the life she has chosen and is quite unable to leave it, even though the pressure is crushing her…
… and yet, for a moment, lost in the English countryside, it seems she might finally escape.