The King’s Speech,

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pays him a visit. She per­suades her hus­band to give it an­other go.

The ther­a­pist is Lionel Logue (Ge­of­frey Rush), and the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two men is the heart of this deeply sat­is­fy­ing movie. The his­tor­i­cal ac­cu­racy of the story’s time­line is pretty fan­ci­ful, but the hu­man re­la­tion­ship that de­vel­ops be­tween the royal and the com­moner feels right. In Logue there are touches of An­nie Sul­li­van (Helen Keller’s teacher) and echoes of Sig­mund Freud as the ther­a­pist probes the child­hood trau­mas that might have brought on the royal in­fir­mity (“No in­fant stam­mers,” he ob­serves). There are mo­ments so evoca­tive of Henry Hig­gins that you half ex­pect them to burst into “The Rain in Spain,” and in­deed part of the treat­ment calls for the fu­ture monarch to sing his thoughts to pop­u­lar tunes. A lin­guist friend of mine de­scribes the key to learn­ing lan­guages as “hear­ing the mu­sic,” and here the king’s English is a for­eign tongue that the king must mas­ter.

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