On November 15, 2011 KCET Cinema Series will screen My Week with Marilyn.
In 1956 Marilyn Monroe arrived in England to make a movie with Laurence Olivier, The Prince and the Showgirl, as well as spend a honeymoon with her new husband, Arthur Miller. When Miller leaves the country for a week, Marilyn befriends Colin Clark, an assistant on the movie. Whisking Marilyn away from pressures of Hollywood and her career, Colin and Marilyn spend a week together in the British countryside.
To find out more about the film and this fascinating true story, read on:
Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe
Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier
Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark
Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike
Judi Dench filmed her scenes in September 2010 as she had to go to India to begin work on another project. Principal photography began at the Pinewood Studios on 4 October 2010. On 7 October, White Waltham Airfield was turned into a 1950s London Heathrow Airport, to recreate the moment when Monroe arrives in Britain for filming. British Cinematographer reported the production shot at Saltwood Castle, where Clark had grown up. Filming also took place on locations in and around London. These included a house near Windsor, which Monroe and Miller lived in during their stay in England. Curtis used the same studio in which Monroe shot The Prince and the Showgirl in 1956 and Williams was given the dressing room Monroe had used at the time of the shoot.