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"My Week with Marilyn" is an independent film starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe.

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 famously united Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe, who, whilst shooting, was also on honeymoon with her new husband, 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 realzes 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 a 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.

The cast includes Michelle Williams, Kenneth Brannagh, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic Cooper and Judi Dench.

"My Week with Marilyn" is a Weinstein Co., BBC Films, Trademark Films production. The movie is directed by Simon Curtis from a screenplay by Adrian Hodges, based on the diaries of Colin Clark. Producers are David Parfitt and Harvey Weinstein. Executive producers are Jamie Laurenson, Simon Curtis, Ivan Mactaggart, Christine Langan, Bob Weinstein and Kelly Carmichael. Co-producer is Mark Cooper. Co-executive producer is Colin Vaines.

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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 23, 2011
Country: UK
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Production Companies:
Trademark Films
BBC Films

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