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A Magnificent Film, Archetypal in all Dimensions and Ideal for
on February 20, 2017
a master class in how expert direction and highly skilled camerawork convey and amplify Albert’s intense struggle with stuttering. The screenplay and acting,are, of course, beyond superlatives. All filmmaking disciplines are in exquisite synchrony. Outstanding cinematography, editing, art direction, et al, create the authentic time and place but, even more noteworthy, is the mood and emotional state they evoke as Albert, then King George VI, attempts to navigate the torture of his speech impairment vis-a-vis his ability to communicate with his people. He appears a lonely diminished figure, headed down high-ceilinged, long dark hallways to scary microphones, angled in some scenes to appear as twice his head size. Sometimes he seems to be approaching the mike in an isolated space, when suddenly a full auditorium rises and faces him. We're getting a real punch of that scary feeling he must be experiencing as he walks through corridors with floor to ceiling broadcasting equipment. The closeups of his face as his mouth struggles to form words are heart-wrenching. The views from high landings down winding stairwells and the shots of narrow spaces opening into vast arenas add to that almost agoraphobic sensation, aided by a slight tilting of the camera to produce a touch of vertigo. This is such an amazing movie in toto, but these particular photographic elements are impressive. A movie to be viewed over and over!