Friday, February 18, 2011

The King's Speech

The Rev and I went to see "The King's Speech" tonight.  What a great movie.

The story is of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.

Colin Firth plays King George VI and Geoffrey Rush plays Logue.  Firth's portrayal of the stuttering prince who is afraid to be king is amazing.  Rush is wonderful as the tutor who prepares Bertie to give the very important speech meant to inspire and unite all of Great Britain in war. Of course, as we are walking out of the theater my first thought is to find the original speech that the real King George VI gave in 1939.  What is the internet for, if not to find arcane information such as this.  Well, if you are interested - here it is, the original Gramaphone recording.

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