Tuesday 21 October 2014

Prince Albert criticises 'inaccurate' Nicole Kidman movie of Grace Kelly

Bruno Waterfield

Published 17/01/2013 | 05:00

Scenes with Nicole Kidman in the forth-coming 'Grace of Monaco', have been described as 'purely fictional'.
Nicole Kidman on the set of the film 'Grace of Monaco', which has drawn criticism from Prince Albert II of Monaco, the son of Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly

PRINCE Albert II of Monaco has criticised a new Hollywood film about the life of his mother Grace Kelly, describing it as "needlessly glamorised and historically inaccurate."

The prince and his sisters Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, said that "numerous requests for changes" had been ignored and that the screenplay "had caused much astonishment".

In a statement, the royal House of Grimaldi described a "series of scenes" in the forth-coming film 'Grace of Monaco', starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Olivier Dahan, as "purely fictional".

"There-fore, the royal family wishes to stress that this film in no way constitutes a biopic," said the palace's statement.

"It recounts one rewritten and needlessly glamorised page in the history of Monaco and its family with both major historical inaccuracies and a series of purely fictional scenes."

The American-born actress was one of the world's most famous film stars when she married Rainier III Prince of Monaco in 1956, becoming Princess Grace of Monaco.

Princess Grace died in a car crash in 1982, at the age of 52, following a stroke while driving.

In the film, due for release next year, Kidman plays the young Princess Grace in the 1962 crisis when Charles de Gaulle blockaded Monaco, angered by its status as a tax haven.

The film is said to portray how she supported Rainier during tense negot-iations that led to a new consti-tution.

In an interview with 'Le Figaro', Kidman said the film was a dramatic work charting Kelly's "path from cinema to royalty".

"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," she said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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