Pinewood Studios, 1956, and too needy, vainglorious Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Brannagh) is first tested and then moved to much thin-lipped tetchiness by a typically ditzy and dazzling Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) during the making of The Prince and the Showgirl.
Sparks were expected to fly when the greatest actor in the world played opposite the most beautiful woman in the world, but she wasn’t impressed and he, snubbed and maddened by her tardiness, method acting malarkey and practiced teasing, cracks and ends up damning her as ‘the stupidest most self-undulgent little tart I’ve ever come across. “
In the interim, and before jetting back to husband Arthur Miller, she brings callow, twenty-three year old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) – a gofer on the film and the son of historian Kenneth Clark and younger brother of the Tory MP and diarist Alan – under her spell for a tender, most probably innocent interlude, and it is Clark’s diary that the captivating My Week With Marilyn (2011, Simon Curtis) is based on.
Michelle Williams’ tight-topped wardrobe catches the eye, but so too (slightly less so) do Branagh’s very elegant chestnut semi-brogue Oxfords (below) which, following in the footsteps of Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl, he wears throughout the film.