|Posted on May 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM|
King Edward Announces WWII in excellent style, pauses notwithstanding, since the content of The King's Speech was very solemn and laden with bad news for his people:
And this, a video by British Pathé:
From our late friend, Roger Ebert, five stars for the movie starring Colin Firth and Jeffrey Rush--CLIP:
December 15, 2010 | 1
"The King's Speech" tells the story of a man compelled to speak to the world with a stammer. It must be painful enough for one who stammers to speak to another person. To face a radio microphone and know the British Empire is listening must be terrifying. At the time of the speech mentioned in this title, a quarter of the Earth's population was in the Empire, and of course much of North America, Europe, Africa and Asia would be listening — and with particular attention, Germany.
The king was George VI. The year was 1939. Britain was entering into war with Germany. His listeners required firmness, clarity and resolve, not stammers punctuated with tortured silences. This was a man who never wanted to be king. After the death of his father, the throne was to pass to his brother Edward. But Edward renounced the throne "in order to marry the woman I love," and the duty fell to Prince Albert, who had struggled with his speech from an early age.