What was King George VI's speech impediment


The English King George V was fortunate that he had a sonorous, self-confident voice and was thus able to give well-sounding speeches on the radio. He was the first monarch who - as he explained (at least in this film) - had to have more to offer than the ability not to fall off his horse. His eldest son Edward was also a good self-promoter, but sadly fell in love with an American woman who had already been divorced twice. When he married her, he had to abdicate as king and hand over the crown to his brother Albert (the father of Queen Elizabeth II), who however suffered from a serious speech impediment.

Nevertheless, Albert succeeded as King George VI. 1939 a rousing radio address in which he called on his subjects not to sympathize with the Third Reich, but to stand up to the Nazis. During this and all other important speeches, the monarch was supported by the Australian language trainer Lionel Logue, with whom he had a lifelong friendship. The Australian-English author David Seidler succeeded in details about the healing process of King George VI. get to know. Through the mediation of Queen Mum, to whom he had to promise to go public with it only after her death, he got an insight into the private recordings of Lionel Logue, which he edited as truthfully as cinematically dramaturgically possible.

The film is a rousing and often extremely humorous mixture of illness and historical drama. Geoffrey Rush apparently knew very well why he was involved as a producer on this film. In his portrayal of the Australian speech therapist, he alternates between a compassionate, unorthodox healer and a boastful self-promoter in a rousing balancing act.

But the rush, which also tends to overact a bit here, does not outshine the film, because Colin Firth, as a speech-impaired but otherwise very competent monarch, rightly delivers an Oscar-winning performance, while Helena Bonham Carter as his loving wife shows that she is still more in the Has an offer as rolling eyes Tim Burton shaggy women.

Well talented actors like Michael Gambon (as George V) or Timothy Spall (as Winston Churchill) do well outside of it Harry Potter-To experience the cosmos and realize that not only Ms. Rowling but also life writes damn good stories.

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