The King's Speech: good movie, very bad history


Churchill Didn’t Say That

The King’s Speech is riddled with gross falsifications of history.


Still of Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech."Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech The King’s Speech is an extremely well-made film with a seductive human interest plot, very prettily calculated to appeal to the smarter filmgoer and the latent Anglophile. But it perpetrates a gross falsification of history. One of the very few miscast actors—Timothy Spall as a woefully thin pastiche of Winston Churchill—is the exemplar of this bizarre rewriting. He is shown as a consistent friend of the stuttering prince and his loyal princess and as a man generally in favor of a statesmanlike solution to the crisis of the abdication.

Did you know all that? I didn’t, but I did see the movie and liked the story for its non-political reasons.

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