Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The King's Speech

A few months ago, when studying about the onset of WWII, we watched the highly acclaimed movie, The King's Speech. It was the first time we had seen it and we all felt it was quite well done.  At the end of the movie, I marveled that "the king's speech" was one that I had already written about without understanding the full back story.   At the time of writing that post I had no idea that I was listening to the king's first speech given with the support of his speech therapist! (Links to the speech can be found at both hyperlinks in this post.) Furthermore, this wasn't just any speech. The British monarchy traditionally gives a Christmas speech, which is indeed important. (The first link shares audio clips of Christmas speeches given by his father and daughter when they were monarchs.) Yet the drama of the king's struggle with stuttering abruptly coincided with the invasion of Hitler's forces into Poland in September 1939. A powerfully strong and encouraging statement was needed from the king. Could he deliver? I highly recomment this movie.  Note that it is rated R for language in a few scenes during the speech therapy.

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