MY FAIR LADY
Review: A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager. This is so that he can take a flower girl in and make her presentable in high society.
Director: George Cukor
Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison and Stanley Holloway
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical and Romance
This is an adaptation of Lerner and Loewe’s smash Broadway version of George Barnard Shaw’s play Pygmalion. Outstanding performances from Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, who is repeating his stage success. When casting the female role Julie Andrews was rumoured for the lead role as she was in the Broadway stage production. The music in this is amazing. The costumes are quite like no other costumes I have seen before. Audrey Hepburn looked very beautiful in them. In this she was playing a 19 year old, her real age was 35! The only thing I have to say was that she was quite capable of singing all the songs herself so it was such a shame that they were dubbed by Marni Nixon. I also don’t agree with how the film ended. Cary Grant was offered the role of Henry Higgins but turned it down. Apparently 1, 500 costumes were made for this film. A very heart-warming film. A film you can watch time and time again. It will always remain a classic film. At the Academy Awards in 1965 this won 8 Oscars. They were for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Rex Harrison), Best Director, Best Cinematography, Color, Best Art Direction-Set Decoraton, Color, Best Costume Design, Color, Best Sound and Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment. At the Golden Globe Awards in 1965 this won 3 Awards. They were for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Best Director and Best Actor – Comedy or Musical. At the Bafta Awards in 1966 this won Best Film from any Source. At the start of 2012 film critic Barry Norman produced a list in the Radio Times of his 101 Greatest Films of all Time and this was in the list.
MY FAIR LADY