Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Vintage at the Movies: The King's Speech

I'm always on the lookout for vintage and antique, including when I'm watching movies. Of course, period films yield the richest visual palette. Two of my favorite actors, Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth, co-star in this year's Academy Award sweeping feature, "The King's Speech."

Set in WWII-era England, the film chronicles the very personal struggle of King George VI to overcome his speech impediment. Since childhood, he has stuttered. Now that he is second in line to the new incoming King, his older brother Edward, his voice is in demand to give speeches and talks. Adding urgency, WWII is taking Europe by storm, and George knows he will need to speak out and inspire his people to defeat the German threat.

WWII Artillery Shell, w/ Wooden Dummy
As the film progresses, George and his speech therapist, Lionel Logue, explore childhood wounds and issues that have kept him trapped by his speech impediment. Through clever therapy, Logue shows the King that his fear of stuttering prevents him from breaking free. From this level of intimacy blossoms a life long friendship.

The film features rich interior scenes of palace life.

Antique English Sterling Teapot, fit for Royalty
...as well as everyday 1930s England.

Helena Bonham Carter plays Queen Elizabeth, King George's wife. She is a strong, loving and supportive woman. And but of course, she has a fabulous royal wardrobe.

1930's Pillbox Hat, Velvet & Satin
The film concludes King George delivering a rousing speech over the radio, upon the September 1939 declaration of war with Germany. As Logue watches, the King steps onto the balcony of the palace with his family, where thousands of people assembled for the speech applaud him.

Vintage Winner Trophy on Marble Base
In my experience you can do whatever you believe you can. This beautifully acted and filmed movie shares this inspiring message in fabulous vintage style.

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to see it! I'm behind in my movies due to mommyhood, but Colin Firth is one of my favs! All three are great period actors!