I left with a happy glow after watching “The King’s Speech” on Sunday .
Watching through the lens of Christian Science made the film all the more interesting. I noticed a variety of behaviors that fit with the public practice of Christian Science. Logue rejected idolatry (rank, role, etc.) at the start (to begin rightly...). His creative understanding and skill came from within (Mind) not from academics. He showed an quiet but uncompromising respect for his capacity. Logue spoke with authority (he knew that he knew). He used a teaching (prayer) closet to protect himself and his pupil and their work. He didn't keep assessment records. And he definitely honored the ethics of confidentiality.
The film included the negotiation of Logue's contract with the Duke.
The agreement was struck for a material methodology selected by the Duke after a momentary opportunity for a different choice (possibly CS??). Logue was not listed as a Public Practitioner so the contract would not conflict and he could simply agree.
Only one scene loudly shouted, FALSE! It was when his wife encountered the Duke's wife and Logue tried to hide. It was entertaining but Scientifically quite far-fetched.
All in all, the film suggested some awareness of Logue's practice of CS. It seemed that a production PC-Profit line had been drawn just shy of CS and was consciously approached but never crossed.
For a well-researched and written post, read Tony Lobl's blog :
The King’s Speech – Lionel Logue and the Christian Science question (via “Oh, Lord, Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”)
“The King’s Speech” – which officially opens in the UK today – is a marvellous film. It compellingly, and movingly, tells the story of “How one man saved the British monarchy”, to quote its tagline.
The one man in question is not the fascinating King George VI, played brilliantly by Colin Firth, but his speech therapist Lionel Logue, played just as impressively by Geoffrey Rush. Logue was an accomplished but slightly unorthodox Australian without paper qualifications who nevertheless single-handedly helped a Prince who would become King (against his own expectations and wishes!) to speak publicly despite a lifelong stammer.How did he do it? … Read More