Liz Smith on ‘My Week With Marilyn’

Veteran columnist Liz Smith is unimpressed by My Week With Marilyn:

‘This movie is based on the highly suspect memoirs of Colin Clark, a lowly go-fer on the set of “The Prince and the Showgirl,” which was filmed in London, in 1956.  Colin and Monroe became “close”  he averred. The characterization offers nothing of Monroe’s wit, humor, intelligence or — and this is vital — her anger. Her reactions to events were not always a depressed collapse…

HOWEVER, the worst served by “My Week With Marilyn” is the late photographer Milton Greene. This man admired and loved Marilyn, encouraged her ambitions, supported her financially during her year-long strike against 20th Century Fox. He co-produced “The Prince and the Showgirl.” Their partnership ended badly, but he never spoke ill of her, never exploited their relationship or her image. Dominic Cooper plays Milton like a foul-mouthed NYC gangster, just another user…

I admire Miss Williams for her efforts and sincerity, but in the end, she has given one more imperfect impersonation of Marilyn…Just check out “The Prince and the Showgirl” the next time Turner Classic Movies runs it…No more pretty blonde ladies playing dress up, pretending to be Marilyn. It just doesn’t work. Sorry, Michelle.’

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