Marilyn’s fragility is luminous on the big screen - My Week with Marilyn (M)

THE aura, the charisma of Marilyn Monroe lingers on half a century after her death, and in this film Michelle Williams, an actress I admire for her choices and her talent, brings a natural fragility to her portrayal of the great star. 

It is 1956 and Monroe is in England to star with Lawrence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl. 

Young Colin Clark (Redmayne) has wangled a job on the film as third assistant to the director, a lowly position in the hierarchy of filmmaking.

Marilyn arrives with her husband at the time, playwright Arthur Miller (Scott), and her coach in method acting, Paula Strasberg (Wanamaker). 

Olivier is directing and he is not impressed by Strasberg’s presence or by Marilyn’s reliance on her. Olivier is intimidating and impatient, Marilyn is intimidated.

Dame Sybil Thorndike (Dench) is sympathetic to the young, terrified American. Young Colin is starstruck and through

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