ROYALTY ON SCREEN: Colin Firth in "The King's Speech" (2010)


ROYALTY ON SCREEN: Colin Firth in "The King's Speech" (2010)
by Darius Kadivar

A chronicle of King George VI's (Colin Firth) effort to overcome his nervous stammer with the assistance of speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Due on US Screens November  26th, 2010. It Tells the story 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 stutter 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 into war.

Directed by Tom Hooper and Starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush 

More on Complete Cast & Crew Here

The King's Speech -- Official Movie Trailer:

Colin Firth and Crew Interview (AP):

Colin Firth at TIFF 2010:

Persian Ahmad Shah Qajar welcomed at the Guildhall, London by Future King George VI then only known by the title of Prince Albert (1919):

King George VI Coronation, Special Release! 1937/5/18:

Spanish Coverage of Coronation of King George VI in Color:


Plot From Imdb:

This is a biopic about how King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II, overcame his stuttering problem. Widely considered by all but his father unfit to be king, George is reluctantly thrust unto the throne and into the spotlight after his brother is forced to abdicate. Overshadowed on the global stage by powerful orators like Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini, the King relies on the help of a little-known Australian speech therapist named Lionel Logue to find his voice and courageously lead his people into the most devastating war humanity has ever faced.

This is a powerful, hilarious and deeply moving story, told against the backdrop of a critical juncture in modern history, of the emergence of a deep friendship out of a professional relationship between two men who would otherwise never have socially interacted. The screenplay, written by David Seidler (who also wrote Tucker: The Man and his Dream), is excellent. The dry British wit is hilarious. I was literally slapping my knee during some of the scenes. Tom Hooper (Elizabeth I) does a superb job directing this movie. The buildup to the climactic finale is skillfully executed and prompted the audience to erupt into spontaneous applause. (Apparently, this also happened at the Roy Thomson Hall premiere.) Geoffrey Rush (Elizabeth: The Golden Age) does a fantastic job as Lionel Logue and Colin Firth (A Single Man) is excellent as King George VI.

Related Blogs:

ROYALTY: Ahmad Shah Qajar welcomed at the Guildhall, London (1919)

ROYAL RHINOPLASTY: Stephen Fry On The Imperfections of the Monarchy and Why It Should Be Preserved

KNIGHTHOOD: Major 'Billy' the Qajar "Goat Mascott"


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