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Envelope Screening Series: 'The King's Speech'

December 3, 2010 |  2:00 pm

“The King’s Speech” hasn’t been short of luck — some of it good, some of it bad.

In the fortunate column, director Tom Hooper was presented with the movie’s idea by his mother, who by happenstance saw a staged reading of a play about a stuttering monarch and his speech therapist.

Less providential was the R-rating assigned the film by the Motion Picture Assn. of America, whose ratings board decided the uplifting drama about King George VI deserved the same restrictive rating for its use of a curse word in therapy as, say, “Saw 3D.”

In a recent showing of “The King’s Speech” for the Envelope Screening Series, Hooper and composer Alexandre Desplat talked about the film’s making and its music, and how fate shaped its progress.

--John Horn


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