The Prince and the Showgirl

The Prince and the Showgirl – Marilyn Monroe and Lawrence Olivier – why is it so unwatchable?

  1. Olivier puts on a terrible “foreign” accent, because he’s supposed to be a prince of “Carpathia”. He does nothing endearing, and can show no warmth.
  1. The screenplay is by Terence Rattigan, who wrote the morose Deep Blue Sea.
  1. The opening couldn’t be duller (five minutes of exposition: Who is this Prince? Why is he here? Who are we? We’re people in the foreign office. Look out the window: there’s the person we’re talking about, in a carriage.)
  1. The dialogue is bad. This is the level of “wit”: “When one is young, one should use a lot of mascara. When one is older, one should use much more.”
  1. And the main reason is you just feel sorry for Monroe. She seems to be as abused in the film as she was in real life.

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