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World Premiere of Simon Curtis' "Marilyn" Set for 49th NY Film Festival Centerpiece Gala

Michelle Williams in Simon Curtis' "My Week with Marilyn." Image courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center.

The World Premiere of Simon Curtis' "My Week with Marilyn" will screen as the Centerpiece Gala at the upcoming New York Film Festival on October 9th, the Film Society of Lincoln Center said Thursday. Last Friday FSLC announced that Roman Polanski's "Carnage" will open the 49th NYFF September 30th.

Based on Colin Clark’s diaries, "My Week with Marilyn," is set in the early summer of 1956, when a 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl." It was the film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott).

Nearly 40 years on, Clark’s diary account "The Prince, the Showgirl and Me" was published, but one week was missing - which was published some years later as "My Week with Marilyn." This is the story of that week. When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Clark to introduce Monroe to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe who was desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.

Produced by David Parfitt, the Weinstein Company release also stars Dominic Cooper, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Zoe Wanamaker, Emma Watson, Toby Jones, Philip Jackson, Geraldine Somerville, Derek Jacobi and Simon Russell Beale. The film is set for a November 4 release.

"After seeing Marilyn Monroe so often portrayed in films as a caricature, it is a pleasure to see this complex personality and unique on-screen presence portrayed so well by such a talented actress as Michelle Williams," commented Richard Peña, Selection Committee Chair & Program Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center in a statement about the film.

In addition to today's announcement, organizers of NYFF unveiled details about "Masterworks" that will screen during the event, including an 8K Digital restored version of William Wyler’s sword and sandals epic "Ben-Hur" (1959), Nicholas Ray’s "We Can't Go Home Again" (1973) and spotlight of the upcoming 100th anniversary of Japan’s Nikkatsu Films featuring screenings of 36 films including classics such as Kon Ichikawa’s "The Burmese Harp" (1956), Masahiro Makino’s "Singing Love Birds" (1936), Ko Nakahira’s "Crazed Fruit" (1956), Shohei Imamura’s "Pigs and Battleships" (1961) and Seijun Suzuki’s "Tokyo Drifter" (1966).


Nikkatsu 100th Anniversary Retrospective Lineup with credits and additional information provided by FSLC:

AKANISHI KAKITA (1936) 77min
Director: Mansaku Itami

THE BURMESE HARP (Biruma no Tategoto) (1956) 115min
Director: Kon Ichikawa

CHARISMA (Karisuma) (1999) 103min
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

COLD FISH (Tsumetai Nettaigyo) (2010) 144min
Director: Sion Sono

A COLT IS MY PASSPORT (Colt ha Oreno Passport) (1967) 85min
Director: Takashi Nomura

CRAZED FRUIT (Kurutta Kajitsu) (1956) 86min
Director: Ko Nakahira

DANCER IN IZU (Izo no Odoriko) (1963) 87min
Director: Katsumi Nisikawa

A DIARY OF CHUJI’S TRAVELS (Chiji Tabi Nikki: Part 1 and Part 2) (1927) 107min
Director: Daisuke Ito

EARTH (1939) 92min
Director: Tomu Uchida

GATE OF FLESH (Nikutai no Mon) (1964) 90min
Director: Seijun Suzuki

THE HELL-FATED COURTESAN (Maruhi: Joro Seme Jigoku) (1973) 77min
Director: Noboru Tanaka

HOMETOWN (1930) 86min
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi

I LOOK UP WHEN I WALK (aka KEEP YOUR CHIN UP) (Uewo Muite Arukou) (1962) 91min
Director: Toshio Masuda

INTENTIONS OF MURDER (Akai Satsui) (1964) 150min
Director: Shohei Imamura

INTIMIDATION (Aru Kyohaku) (1960) 65min
Director: Koreyosji Kurahara

LOVE HOTEL (1985) 88min
Director: Shinji Somae

MADE TO ORDER CLOTH (aka JIROKICHI THE RAT) (Oatsurae Jirokichi Koshi) (1931) 70min
Director: Daisuke Ito
**Screening with:
JIRAIYA THE NINJA (Goketsu Jiraiya) (1921) 30min
Director: Shozo Makino

MUD AND SOLDIERS (Tsuchi to Heitai) (1936) 120min
Director: Tomotaka Tasaka

THE OLDEST PROFESSION (Maruhi: Shikiyo Mesu Ichiba) (1974) 83min
Director: Noboru Tanaka

PIGS AND BATTLESHIPS (Buta to Gunkan) (1961) 108min
Director: Shohei Imamura

A POT WORTH A MILLION RYO (Tange Sazen Hyakuman Ryou no Tsubo) (1935) 92min
Director: Sadao Yamanaka

RETALIATION (Shima ha Moratta) (1967) 94min
Director: Yasuharu Hasebe

RUSTY KNIFE (Sabita Knife) (1958) 90min
Director: Toshio Masuda

SEASON OF THE SUN (Taiyo no Kisetsu) (1956) 89min
Director: Takumi Furukawa

SINGING LOVE BIRDS (Oshidori Uta Gassen) (1936) 69min
Director: Masahiro Makino

STRAY CAT ROCK: SEX HUNTER (Noraneko Rock: Sex Hunter) (1970) 86min
Director: Yasuharu Hasebe

SUN IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE SHOGUNATE (aka Shinagawa Path) (Bakumatsu Taiyoden) (1957) 110min
Director: Yuzo Kawashima

SUZUKI PARADISE: RED LIGHT (Suzuki Paradise: Aka Shingo) (1956) 81min
Director: Yuzo Kawashima

TAKE AIM AT THE POLICE VAN (Jusango Taihisen Yori: Sono Gososha wo Nerae) (1960) 79min
Director: Seijun Suzuki

THE TATTOOED FLOWER VASE (Kashinno Irezumi: Ureta Tsubo) (1979) 74min
Director: Masaru Konuma

TEN NIGHTS OF DREAMS (Yume Juya) (2007) 110min
Director: Various

TILL WE MEET AGAIN (Ashita Kuru Hito) (1955) 115min
Director: Yuzo Kawashima

TOKYO DRIFTER (Tokyo Nagaremono) (1966) 83min
Director: Seijun Suzuki

THE WARPED ONES (1960) 108min
Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara

THE WOMAN WITH RED HAIR (Akai Kami no Onna) (1979) 73min
Director: Tatsumi Kumashiro

A WORLD OF GEISHA (Yojyohan Fusuma no Urabari) (1973) 77min
Director: Tatsumi Kumashiro

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1 Comment

  • Rat Choice | October 9, 2011 6:33 AMReply

    Michelle has no screen presence and she can't give the legendary Marilyn Monroe any justice especially when she lacks the beauty and charisma that Marilyn had.