Thursday, January 6, 2011

The King's Speech

We went a movie yesterday...
The King's Speech
...not really knowing what to expect.  We thought we might be bored.  We were wrong.  It is a wonderful movie.  

Colin Firth, as Albert/
King George VI

and Geoffrey Rush, as Lionel Logue his speech therapist, gave outstanding performances.  After all, they are on the short list for an Academy Award. 

 I recognized Claire Bloom as Queen Mary, "The King's" mother, did you?

George VI
The movie was not only entertaining, but it was nostalgic for us.  
Wallis Simpson and
the Duke of Windsor
Albert was crowned King George VI in 1936 after his brother, David/Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. 

The film takes us to 1939, the year we were born, when Britain declared war against Germany.  George VI reigned as King until his death in 1952.  We were thirteen, too young to be interested in what was occurring in  Britain.  

Elizabeth, his oldest daughter, who was a child of ten in the film, succeeded to the throne upon her father's death.  Her coronation was the first to be televised in June, 1953.  

The rest is our living history.  It is now more clear after seeing The King's Speech.

Highly Recommended!!!  

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