Grace Kelly Biopic Opens This Year’s Cannes Film Festival – a movie charting the extraordinary life of the Hollywood star who became a real-life princess has been chosen to open this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Grace of Monaco has not exactly been a huge hit with the critics it has to be said with reports of laughter coming from an early press screening and this for a serious biopic not a movie that was expected to have any comedy. In fact one critic from a major movie publication actually described the movie as often being “side-splittingly funny”.
A high-profile movie is normally chosen to open the Cannes Festival each year with last year’s opener being Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Previous opening movies have included Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and in 2009 Pixar’s brilliant animation Up was chosen, the first time an animation had opened the Cannes Film Festival.
The star chosen to play the beautiful Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco is Nicole Kidman and she largely escapes from the negative comments surrounding the movie. Despite being given some fairly poor lines to deliver there is a general consensus that she has delivered a very striking physical portrayal of the princess.
The movie has been the subject of some controversy before it was even viewed by the public or critics with rumours circulating that members of the princess’s family were unhappy with the film’s portrayal of her.
Grace Kelly was best known for her movie performances in Hitchcock movies such as To Catch A Thief, Dial M For Murder and the brilliant Rear Window although it was her role as Georgie Elgin in The Country Girl that was win her an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1955.
Just like the subject of another poorly received movie about a real life princess, Grace Kelly died at a young age as a result of a car accident.
The 2014 Cannes Film Festival continues until 25 May with the winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or prize being announced on 24 May. The Palme d’Or is always hotly contested and has produced some classics amongst its winners since it was introduced in 1955 including such movies as Taxi Driver, La Dolce Vita, A Man And A Woman, Blowup, If…, Apocalypse Now and Pulp Fiction.