Kenneth Branaugh's Lawrence Olivier murmers this to Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn" on her first day on the English set of "The Prince and the Showgirl." This movie kind of bedazzled me, to the point I need to see it again having probably missed some things.
It's worthy of repeated viewings, that's for sure. I was amused by this almost throw-away line, bespeaking British eccentricity and preciousness and old-fashioned yet dear things, as it does. Ironically all that seemed lost on Monroe, who did comment on ancient-looking architecture with a certain impressed awe, "God that looks old!" kind of thing which is sort of funny. But she got right to the heart of the matter with her instinctive raptures over the special beauties of the English countryside, of its gorgeous nature as seen in forests, gardens, lakes, etc. Her first impulse was often to skinny dip like a child of nature.
Williams, shown a couple of times naked from the back, doesn't look as shapely and feminine as Marilyn but she gets her essence down pat, very admirably, as you keep reading in reviews. It's true. Sweet, vulnerable, child-like and kind of lost. Not knowing who to turn to, as in the Elton John song. Even her husband of three weeks playwright Arthur Miller is using her for material, and writes bad things about her which he leaves around for her to read. She gets very upset. He complains she is "sucking the life" out of him and leaves her to go off on a trip.
Director and co-star Lawrence Olivier throws big hissy fits when Marilyn nervously flubs lines, slams her ferociously, verbally, behind her back. But she knows. Her "acting coach" Paula Strasberg (Zoe Wanamaker) is a pathetic paragon of kow towing continually telling Marilyn "you're the greatest actress in the world" and "I think of you as my daughter" and such, but when Marilyn locks herself in her room for a pill-popping pity party just hovers outside helpless.
It's up to eager young Englishman Colin Clark (writer of the book the film's based on) to climb through her window and be her only comfort. He's an aristocratic stage-struck aspiring show biz participant who lucks into being "third assistant director" which is really just being a "go-for," he admits. Eddie Redmayne who plays Colin should be over the moon about his role, he seems to be in every scene. But it's Williams and Branaugh who are fascinating and enthralling. The rest of the cast, including Dame Judi Dench and Harry Potter star Emma Watson and lesser knowns, all give steller support.
I loved "My Week with Marilyn."It's an Anglophile's and Golden Age of Hollywood fan's dream.--SUSY