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PostSubject: The King's Speech   The King's Speech EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 4:20 am

I still haven't seen it, but last night I caught a featurette that included a synopsis and several scenes. I saw enough to know why it is up for so many Oscars, and why it has already won so many other awards.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King%27s_Speech

The cast is incredible. I especially liked Guy Pearce as King Edward VIII, and Helena Bonham-Carter as Elizabeth, at least from the bits I saw.

Colin Firth as Prince Albert/King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as the speech therapist who works with him play off each other exceptionally well.

I think my favorite bit from the featurette is a scene where Rush's character is insulting his future king in an attempt to make him angry, since he has noticed that the prince stutters less when he is angry, and Firth's character shouts out, "I have a voice!"

Those lines resonate deeply with me, since, as a child and young woman, I had such a hard time getting the validation I needed to be able to express my own.

Be sure to see the film when you get a chance. I am certainly going to do so, and am hoping the Academy chooses to honor this movie and its actors.

Ann
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PostSubject: Re: The King's Speech   The King's Speech EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 4:49 am

I saw the film when it was first released. I attended with a friend who was born in Jamaica where she was a British citizen during that time. It gave more meaning to the context of the movie.

The movie was excellent. It was, however, a small screen movie, more appropriate as a play in my estimation. It was the exchange among the characters that was significant and would have been a powerful play. However, the beauty of film is making it available for everyone's enjoyment.
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PostSubject: Re: The King's Speech   The King's Speech EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 7:10 am

2/27/2011

Ann..

I have to see this,first I heard it was fantastic. Second
reason is when I was 7 1/2 years old my father died and I
became a severe stutterer thank God my mother listened to
my teacher and I went to speech therapy for one year and I
overcame it. I wonder what causes it ?

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PostSubject: Re: The King's Speech   The King's Speech EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 7:49 am

Ann,

It was the best movie I ever saw.
I had a thread about it and think lyntex liked it also.
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PostSubject: Re: The King's Speech   The King's Speech EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 7:54 am

There seem to be a lot of different causes, Joe.

But it kind of bothers me that we consider it an impediment. I dated a man, shortly after I moved to Houston after my divorce, a history teacher, who had a stutter. His family had tried everything they knew when he was a boy, but nothing worked, so they helped him to understand that it was just another part of who he was, and to not let it hamper his sense of his own worth.

For those of us who knew him then, his stutter was one of the most charming things about him. If anyone gave him a hard time, he would grin and say something like, "I-I only st-stutter when I th-th-think about s-s-sex." That generally took care of the questions or comments.

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PostSubject: Re: The King's Speech   The King's Speech EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 9:15 am

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Ann..

That's cool ! I admire him for his humor..

Cheers..Joe
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PostSubject: Re: The King's Speech   The King's Speech EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 11:18 am

Joe,

Who is that? Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! I am scared now!

This is all Ann's fault!
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PostSubject: Re: The King's Speech   The King's Speech EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 11:22 am

Careful, Alice. I can always bring him back.

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PostSubject: Re: The King's Speech   The King's Speech EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 11:24 am

Ann,

Please, I like your face the best.
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PostSubject: Re: The King's Speech   The King's Speech EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 11:25 am

Sorry, but I'm tired of looking at it. Where is yours?

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PostSubject: Re: The King's Speech   The King's Speech EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 11:44 am

Wait 'til Abe gets here; he prefers talking to faces.

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PostSubject: Re: The King's Speech   The King's Speech EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 11:46 am

I've liked Colin Firth since he played Mr. Darcy on Pride & Prejudice.

And I've heard only good reviews on this movie.

But I will probably not watch it until it comes out on DVD.

I'm just not much of a TV or movie watcher.

Saw the trailer for the film it looks excellent.
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PostSubject: Re: The King's Speech   The King's Speech EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 4:28 pm

DVD will be a fine way to watch the movie. Really, the theater screen was almost too big. I felt the movie rather intimate for the personal glimpse it gave into royal life. A smaller screen more closely matches that intimacy.

Colin Firth basically never left the screen. It was certainly a challenging part to play; and he was superb. So was his "speech therapist" pretty grand also.
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