Posted on Tuesday, 29 January 2013
|When Nicole Kidman was cast to star as Princess Grace in a new movie about the Monaco royal it seemed like the perfect choice. Kidman has the same calm elegance as former the actress Grace Kelly and had been chosen over other likely candidates such as Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and Rosamund Pike.|
Filming of Grace of Monaco coincidently started on the 30th anniversary of the Princess' death and took place in and around the Principality, Menton and Genoa. Directed by French director Olivier Dahan the 30 million dollar production was welcomed by the Royal children and reigning Prince Albert who assisted with securing the filming permits for the Principality. The family also met with the director and were given script previews.
The Royal family offered some suggestions and had some concerns but director Olivier Dahan felt that they listened and understood the story he was trying to tell.
Relations, however, have turned a little sour, as the Royal family issued a statement reporting that they have "absolutely no association" with the production. It has been lambasted as a work of fiction rife with historical inaccuracies and pointless glamourisation.
Dahan has defended his position claiming that it was never intended as a biopic and that it is an artistic interpretation of one womans life and struggles. "I think there has been a misunderstanding", says Dahan, "we never asked them to endorse anything".
"Of course there are historical inaccuracies", continues Dahan, " General de Gaulle never set foot at the [annual Monaco] Red Cross Ball but I need this stage to tell my story".
The film is set during the 1960's and is based on Grace Kelly's relationship with Prince Rainier III set against the back drop of Frances dispute with Monaco over tax laws, as hot a topic today as it was in the 1960's and perhaps the political tempo of the movie is the real cause of the families distress.
Despite the back-tracking and disassociations the film will undoubtedly be of great interest, especially to those who live locally and always love to see the glorious French Riviera portrayed on screen in all its glamourous drama.
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