We just saw The King’s Speech and am still thinking of Logue’s room. It is stuck in my head. I just love this room and can’t really say why. Needle-pointed flowers on an old cream sofa, aged and distressed walls revealing layers of paper and time.
The real point is what they did in that room– Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth. It represents the opportunity that we may all hope for of doing something truly great…of being sought out for our gifts, no matter how common we are, and using them to help someone or something. But I am again reminded of my new favorite quote, which I also can’t seem to shake:
“We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love.”
I identified so much with what it means to find one’s voice in the course of a life. To heal all the things that have taken away little bits of that voice over time.
I found some information about the set design. You can read the whole article from the Guardian here. Excerpt below:
“Hooper wanted a “smoggy, grungy look”, according to Amy Merry, who worked on the production design. “When we were shooting exteriors we threw dirty water over everything. We filmed in Harley Street on a Sunday so we closed the road in the early hours and a gritting van came along at 5am and covered the ground with dirt. Then we pumped out so much smog that we set off the fire alarms in John Lewis.”
The actual rooms Logue practised in were too small to film so the team found a building a block away, 33 Portland Place, which has an unusual vaulted room with large leaded windows at one end, reminiscent of a Venetian palace, and roof lights that make it look a bit like an artist’s studio and allow some light in on the pervasive gloom.”