In his memoir, The Prince, the Showgirl and Me, Colin Clark chronicled an epochal moment on the set with the legendary Laurence Olivier and luminous Marilyn Monroe, but gallantly omitted a whirlwind week he spent touring Great Britain with the American actress and icon. Director Simon Curtis lifts the curtain on this idyllic time, when the young Clark provided the star with a welcome reprieve from the limelight. In his charming feature debut, Curtis succeeds in capturing Monroe’s notorious vulnerability along with the incomparably radiant charisma that would soon catapult her to stardom in Some Like It Hot (1956).
I don’t know what Mr. Clark did for Ms. Monroe—newly married to playwright Arthur Miller at the time—aside from driving her around Britain. But I do know that Some Like It Hot did not catapult her to stardom in 1956.
First of all, Some Like It Hot came out in 1959, quite late in her all-too-short career. She would only complete two other features after it. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire made her a major star in 1953, years before she flew to England to work with Laurence Olivier.
That’s the sort of thing you’d expect a film festival to get right.
Looks like an interesting film, though.