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A new film about a week in the life of the legendary Marilyn Monroe features the fantastic Chinese pianist, plus compositions by Alexandre Desplat.
The star-studded film, set in 1956 on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, stars Michelle Williams, Simon Russell Beale, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Kitchen, Judi Dench and other high profile actors, and is based on the books by Colin Clark (played by Eddie Redmayne) who as an assistant on the set, gave Monroe an introduction to British life.
The themes of shooting a high-profile film, the complicated emotional life of Marilyn Monroe and 1950s Britain provide irresistible material for a diverse and entertaining soundtrack. The score was written by Conrad Pope, who has recently worked on Star Wars, the Harry Potter series, plus Pirates of the Caribbean. Golden Globe winner Alexandra Desplat (The King’s Speech, Harry Potter) contributes Marilyn’s Theme to the soundtrack. In addition to the work from Pope and Desplat, the brilliant piano playing of Lang Lang runs like a thread through the whole story.