Posted by: Gregoryno6 | February 13, 2011

Four weekends, four movies. Just like the old days. But today I’d like to discuss…

The King’s Speech.

For most of the 1990s and well into the 2000s my Saturday routine was as reliable as your grandmother’s scone recipe. Shopping, washing, lunch at Villa Italia and then a movie. With a visit to the State Library too perhaps, depending on the schedule.

The good old days. The only cinema operating in Perth’s CBD in 2011 is the Piccadilly.

(UPDATE 23 March 2014 – this space was once occupied by a link to the Piccadilly. But the Piccadilly has now been closed and its not likely be operate again as a cinema.)

The others have been converted into stores, or demolished to make way for apartments. Ah, progress.

For the last few years most of my movie experience has been happening courtesy of the home computer. Amazon and their cohorts have done well out of my need for the cinematic fix. But I’ve had a dream run of movies recently: Black Swan, The Fighter, True Grit and Hereafter.

Had I waited another week in January to see The King’s Speech I could have scored five out of five. But that’s the way the captain cooks, as they used to say on the Endeavour. Be that as it may, Jon Kenna had a few comments about TKS on his blog today. We got talking about the VERY light treatment given to Edward VII’s Nazi sympathies – to be honest, I don’t think they were mentioned at all. As Jon said, that’s worth a film in itself. But he reminded me of  the most intriguing moment of the film, when the Duke is watching Hitler on a newsreel. The forces of evil, represented by a fast-talking pos, and the forces of good by a man who can barely say good morning without tripping over it. The Duke’s expression is intense, and utterly mysterious. Is he envious of Hitler’s skill? Terrified by it? Both of these and something else besides, maybe.

Now you may not know it, but Lionel Logue and Geoffrey Rush – who plays Logue in the film – were both raised here in Perth, the City of Sunset. His Majesty’s Theatre is currently hosting an exhibition of programs from Logue’s days as an actor here in Perth. The website has a link to a radio interview with Ivan King, theatre historian, and a link to a picture of the real life Logue with wife Myrtle. Who doesn’t look a whole lot like Jennifer Ehle – especially not with her hair piled up like the leaning tower of Pisa.


Jon suggested that we should collaborate and write our own movie about Edward VIII and Adolf. Why not? I have some experience writing for the Fuhrer after all.

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