By the way, the nearest decent airport in any given direction is two hours- either Montrose or Durango, Colorado- and the town of Telluride is in a box canyon- you can drive through the town and up over Black Bear Pass, coming down in Ouray Colorado- but the pass is considered by most to be the most to be the most treacherous of all 4X4 roads and actually it is one way- so maybe you can come into Telluride from there and drive through. Needless to say it takes some doing to get here but there are lots and lots that come and I think the best reason for coming this year (apart from finding out about the 7 part series on TCM called Movie and Mogals) is to see Colin Firth ( a.k.a. Mr. Darcy in PBS's Pride and Prejudice...)
who also directed John Adams...
starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney- a Telluride local- but that is getting off the subject.
The movie is set in the 1930 when radio was invented and as his father, King George the V played by Michael Gambon, a.k.a Dumbledore)
Then World War 2 comes and although the monarchy of England had no real power, it up to the new King to hold the country together and be a voice of hope- with speeches from the new found Radio.
In comes Lionel Logue, an Australian-born speech therapist with modern ideas of curing him- a monarch that was not use to even speaking to a commoner now was under ones authority.
I cannot say enough about the "banter" between Firth and Rush in The King's Speech- Rush is hilarious (sounds strange in a movie of this serious nature) and Firth- as the stiff aristocrat is his perfect straight man.
Helena Bonham Carter ,( a.k.a. Bellatrix Lestrange),
is the perfect Queen Mother- probably her most sophisticated role in a long time and one she shows her great versatility as an actress.
What I loved about this movie was how well the personal pain of very public people were portrayed. It truly gave a look into the family of the Windsors- where younger generation might only get a few minutes with their royal parents and the rest of their care was given over to nannies- Bertie finally describing a rather painful childhood memory hit me in the gut.
It also introduces the new idea that psychology might play a part in physical infirmities- one that monarchy greatly resisted.
I hate to have to say this- to come to a film festival and start predicting the Oscars this winter- but I would be very ,very surprised if this movie and Firth and Rush are not on the list- if not there I will be giving my own speeches on "Popcorn and Movies!"
The Kings Speech
release date: November 26th 2010
"I'm probably going to see this again here at the festival and will see if again in theaters- it is that good!!)