David Seidler (screenplay), Tom Hooper (director) The King's Speech / 2010, the screening I attended was on December 3, 2010
Tom Hopper's likeable film, The King's Speech, focuses its attention on the private problems of a very public figure, King George VI of England. For whatever reasons—the movie suggests psychological and physical abuse by his first nanny, the distant imperiousness of his father, King George V, and possibly even the mockery of his defects by his brother, Edward—"Bertie," as he was called at home, suffered a speech impediment of heavy stuttering. In an earlier age such a problem might have been well hidden, but in the growing industrial modernism of the pre-World War II years, radio and public broadcasts were growing in popularity, and the roles of the royal family increasingly imposed public speaking upon them.
[Logue sits on the coronation throne]
King George:Get up! Y-you can't sit there! GET UP!
Logue: Why not? It's a chair.
King George: T-that...that is Saint Edward's chair.
Logue: People have carved their names on it.
King George: L-listen to me...listen to me!
Logue: Why should I waste my time listening to you?
King George: Because I have a voice!
Logue: ....yes, you do.
It is being in the presence of such actors and the marvelous ensemble that surrounds them that makes this film so close to great art, and the reason that I ultimately feel frustrated for its own temerity, for its refusal to incorporate the real world in which the lovely fable upon which this work is centered actually existed.
Los Angeles, December 4, 2010