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Issue: Summer 2011

King's Speech (2010) movie review

An Unlikely Friendship


In the 1930s the Duke of York, second in line to the throne of England and the British Empire, was troubled by a stammer. His father had not succeeded in browbeating it out of him, so his wife turned to an unlikely expert.

Lionel Logue was an Australian sometime actor who became a speech therapist. Lionel believed in exercises and friendship, and he took on Bertie, as he called the duke.

Prince Albert's older brother became the King Edward who gave up the throne for the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson. As the shadow of Hitler spread across Europe, prince Albert found himself taking his place on the world stage as King George (father of the present Queen Elizabeth).

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Movie poster, King's Speech

Biographical stories such as this need careful handling. Modern sentiment and times have freed filmmakers to tell stories that the British Royals have managed to muzzle in the past.

The King's Speech is the story of personal bravery in the face of a public impediment and the friendship that crossed cultural and class boundaries giving the prince hope and confidence.

Performed with commitment The King's Speech is a slow-paced look at a bygone age and a trio of very human people who found themselves at the centre of world events.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release December 2010
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Title: King's Speech (2010)
Written by: David Seidler
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Running time: 118 mins
Rating: M

The Players: Colin Firth, Helen Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Derek Jacobi

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