The King's Speech Analysis

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The film The King’s Speech is directed by Tom Hoper. The film is the confidential story of a famous public man, King George VI (he is known as Bertie in his family circle) the woman who loved him and became his queen, and the ingenious Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, who helped him(Bertie) control and come to terms with the stammer that had bother him since childhood. The social and political background, acutely observed and carefully woven into the film's fabric, is the Depression at home, the rise of fascism abroad, and the arrival of the mass media as a major force in our lives. Central to the dramatic action are four vital incidents are the death in 1936 of George V, the first monarch to address his subjects through the radio, the accession to the throne of his eldest son as Edward VIII and his almost immediate abandonment in order to marry American double divorcee Wallis Simpson; the crowning of his successor, George VI, and finally, in 1939, the outbreak of a war for which the king and queen became puppets of limitless national importance alongside their prime minister, Winston Churchill. In the opening scene of the film, a series of camera angles including close…show more content…
Tom Hooper has used the two scenes to link cinematography and dialogue together to take the viewers on a journey to realise what it means to have a voice, and how it can help you perceive the world in a different way. Overall, with the pivotal help of Lionel Logue, Bertie was able to successfully manage and work through both his self-doubt and his fear of speaking, and was successfully able to rise to the challenge of being a credible king. We can thus see that The King’s Speech was indeed hinged on the success of the opening and closing scene, and as a result was a great
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