The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
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Alexandre Desplat composed the music for this film and The Queen (2006), which is about George VI's daughter, Elizabeth II. Desplat received Oscar nominations for both films. See more »
Stanley Baldwin is depicted as resigning as Prime Minister on a point of principle, because he has misjudged Adolf Hitler. In fact Baldwin retired from the Premiership of his own free will, the day after King George VI's Coronation in 1937. Hitler had not yet even begun his campaigns of invasion and treaty-breaking at that time. See more »
1925 / King George V reigns over a quarter of the world's people. He asks his second son, the Duke of York, to give the closing speech at the Empire Exhibition in Wembley, London.
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After seeing "Apartment Zero" after many years and being bowled over again by his amazing performance as the Argentinean pretending to be British, I felt the urge to see "The King's Speech" again - So glad I did. It was very moving to see Adrian Leduc being George VI. What an astonishing actor. In Apartment Zero he creates a character without a personality. A repressed, innocent that comes out as a total weirdo but we know better. His undeclared needs reflected in Colin Firth's eyes are a prodigious acting feast. In The King's Speech, his George VI suffers from a different fear but it's also pungently clear in the actor's eyes. I think what they both share is a desperate wish to be invisible. For King George that's an impossibility so, his struggle to move forward, learning to be the man everyone expects him to be is enormously moving. As you may have guessed, Colin Firth has become one of my favorite actors of all time.
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