For this week's featured biographical film, we have an upcoming biographical film which will star Nicole Kidman as the beautiful Grace Kelly, later known as Princess Grace of Monaco.
Beautiful, glamorous, regal — those are just some words that people associate Grace Kelly with up to the present. She had the air and bearing of a royalty even from her Hollywood days. She had to give up the fame of a movie star, but she shone even brighter as the Princess consort of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III on April 19, 1956. However, as expected from royal couples, their married life, marital woes, and political struggles were kept away from prying eyes.
However, an upcoming American-French biopic, entitled Grace of Monaco is set to tell about the crisis of marriage and identity that the former Hollywood star went through, as a result of a dispute between her husband and France’s Charles De Gaulle. The film, directed by Olivier Dahan, will star Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly and Tim Roth as Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and is slated to be released this on March 14, 2014.
Shortly after filming was completed in January 2013, Grace Kelly’s children, Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline, and Princess Stephanie, criticized the movie’s script. According to them, the script was a “rewritten, needlessly glamorised page in the history of Monaco, and its family with both major historical inaccuracies, and a series of purely fictional scenes,” and that “numerous requests for changes” were ignored. The statement further mentioned that “the Royal Family wishes to stress that this film in no way constitutes a biopic.”
The film’s star, Nicole Kidman, meanwhile said in a December 2012 interview with French newspaper Le Figaro that the movie would actually be a character study. Director Olivier Dahan supported her statement by saying he did not make a biopic, and instead, has “done in any subjectivity, a human portrait of a modern woman who wants to reconcile her family, her husband, her career. But who will give up her career and invent another role. And it will be painful.”
Watch the trailer for Grace Of Monaco below:
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