Thursday, February 10, 2011

An Alternative to The King's Speech

I was surprised to discover that there was a earlier portrayal of King George VI in a 2002 film entitled "Bertie and Elizabeth" starring James Wilby, Juliet Aubrey, and Alan Bates.  The film begins a bit earlier prior to the marriage of Albert and Elizabeth.

Albert's speech problem is portrayed in this film as less severe than in "The King's Speech."  He comes off as mostly fluent in "ordinary" conversation but blocks in stressful or conflicted situations, for example, when talking to his stern father, when giving the speech at the racetrack, and when trying to refer to Mrs. Simpson in crude terms.

As portrayed in this film, I would rank his brain involvement as at worst a 3 on a scale of 1 to 10 and his mind involvement as perhaps a 7, i.e., the physical problem (too much dopamine) is relatively mild but he is fairly reactive to his physical problem (see the post on "More on Mind/Body Problem"). 

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