March 30, 2011
-- The film The king’s Speech got a lot of awards during the last Oscar’s night, the ceremony of the 83rd Academy Awards took place on 27th of February 2011 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles and the King’s Speech won the Academy Award for the best picture of the year but also for best director (Tom Hooper) and best actor (Colin Firth) and other seven Golden Globes for the best actor to Colin Firth. It is an historical drama, directed by Tom Hooper; Colin Firth is the protagonist of the story, and plays Prince Albert, Duke of York. This king has a particular ‘problem’, he has a stutter and in order to overcome it he is introduced to Lionel Logue, a strange and original speech therapist, this role is played by Geoffrey Rush. The stammering speech of the king disturb the public during the conference and audience. The prince tries a lot of different kind of therapist in his life, but all were a complete failure. The Australian therapist suggested by the Duchess, make the difference, his treatment and procedure are new and during the first lesson he convinces Albert to read Hamlet’s and at the same time listening to the music of Mozart, and Logue record it.
This was an hard work and in the beginning there were some problems, but the progress are evident and Logel find also the psychological roots of his stammer, in particular the Prince reveals some pressures of his childhood: his father that was with him too strict and, the repression of his natural left-hander and many others traumatic events of his past like the death of his little brother Prince John. Logue and the Prince become early friends and the treatment progresses with success. This is only the beginning of this movie but is enough to confirm that when we talk about stammer and speech disorders and this kind of problem in a film the success is guaranteed.
Another example in the recent film of the history of Forrest Gump, a 1994 American comedy based on the book of Winston Groom. Also here the protagonist Forrest Gump, starring by a super Tom Hanks, has a speech disorder, in this case he has also a mental retardation and physical problems. But this ‘problems’
are his forces and peculiarity. The story represents his life from his childhood, a simple man travelling across the world. This film was a commercial success at the time, and won during the 67th Academy Awards for the best Performance of Tom Hanks, Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), best film editing, best picture, best visual effects and finally best adapted screenplay and other many other awards. Forrest has a sensitivity and unique purity and intelligence and his own words confirms that: Momma always says there's an awful lot you could tell about a person by their shoes. Where they're going. Where they've been. I've worn lots of shoes. I bet if I think about it real hard I could remember my first pair of shoes.
Sometimes a problem is an opportunity.
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