My Week with Marilyn kicked off a legendary trip back to a ‘Golden Age’ of film. Shot at Pinewood Studios in England, this homage is told from the vantage point of a lovestruck young man who worked on the set of the original 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl, shot at the identical location, Pinewood Studios. It starred Sir Lawrence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. In My Week With Marilyn, the characters are very authentically portrayed by Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh. I feel the ’57 film shows the real Marilyn at her best.
To my surprise, my darling husband, Jered, invited me to a second movie! This time at Quentin Tarantino’s theater in West Hollywood, the New Beverly Cinema. Honestly, both movies were Jered’s picks; I was his date. Seated in the beautifully restored movie house QT owns, one feels a ‘going back in time’ experience. Even the popcorn is fresh, w/real butter.
Well, Jered fixed his eyes on a movie he had seen when it opened in 1966! The science fiction film, directed by Francois Truffaut and starring Julie Christie and Oskar Werner, started out with a bang – totally captivating. One of the highlights of the evening is that the film had been restored, so the reds were brilliant – just like an old technicolor movie! Fahrenheit 451, another Pinewood Studios masterpiece.