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Grace Kelly film starring Nicole Kidman riles Monaco
Prince Albert II of Monaco and his sisters, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, have slammed Oliver Dahan’s upcoming "Grace of Monaco", starring Nicole Kidman, as "needlessly glamorised and historically inaccurate".
It is the season of film-related controversies.
After “Zero Dark Thirty” was accused of being pro-torture and “Django Unchained” was slammed for what many saw as a gratuitous use of racial slurs, an upcoming movie about former Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly has come under fire.
Prince Albert II of Monaco and his sisters, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, released a statement this week accusing Olivier Dahan’s “Grace of Monaco”, in which Nicole Kidman plays the lead role, of being “needlessly glamorised and historically inaccurate”.
The royals were given access to the script and urged to send the producers and director their impressions about its portrayal of the American-born actress-turned-princess.
According to the prince and his sisters, “numerous requests for changes” were submitted and ignored, and the screenplay features “major historical inaccuracies and a series of purely fictional scenes”.
“Therefore, the royal family wishes to stress that this film in no way constitutes a biopic,” the statement reads.
The glamorous blonde movie star (famous for her roles in Alfred Hitchcock films like “Rear Window”, “To Catch a Thief”, and “Dial M for Murder”) became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956.
She was killed in a car crash in 1982, after suffering a stroke while driving. Conspiracy theories, ranging from assassination by the royal family to involvement in a religious cult, quickly swirled about the tragedy.
She was 52 when she died.
A movie about Grace’s ‘great humanity’
Shot in France, Italy and Monaco last fall, the film, slated for release next year, focuses on a period in 1962 during which French President Charles de Gaulle established an economic blockade on Monaco in irritation over the small principality’s status as a tax haven. The dramatic heart of the movie is said to be the relationship between Kelly and Rainier, played by British actor Tim Roth, as he tackled fraught negotiations with France.
In an interview with French magazine Paris Match, Kidman specified: “This is not a biopic or a fictionalised documentary….but only a small part of her life where she reveals her great humanity as well as her fears and weaknesses.”
Meanwhile, the film’s producer, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, told Agence France Presse that the team behind “Grace of Monaco” was aware of the royal family’s feedback on the script. “We took most of their remarks into account, but not all,” he said.
“Grace of Monaco” features, in supporting roles, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Derek Jacobi, and Paz Vega (as legendary opera singer Maria Callas).
Director Dahan is no stranger to the biopic format. His film about French singer Edith Piaf, “La môme” (“La vie en rose”), earned its star, Marion Cotillard, an Oscar for Best Actress and a high-profile career in Hollywood.