My Fair Lady (1964)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1964Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , based on his musical play adapted from the play Pygmalion by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Cecil Beaton.  Film Editing by .  

does a terrific job (even without doing her own singing) as heroine Eliza Dolittle, a flower-selling Cockney girl who is turned into an elegant woman by the whining and abrasive Professor Henry Higgins ().  Lerner and Loewe did a beautiful job with adapting George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion to musical theatre without compromising its dramatic integrity, and George Cukor has brought the story to film without destroying any of the stage musical’s verve or joy. Not to mention splendour, since Cecil Beaton’s costume and set designs are some of the luverliest seen on film to date. Harrison is exceptionally brilliant as the childish and vulgar yet totally vulnerable professor; his performance of “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face” is always moving and a perfect example of the composers’ understanding of Shaw’s dialogue. The beautiful Ascot scene really stands out, and as Higgins’ mother has some hilarious moments (Upon seeing him for the first time in months: “Henry! What a disagreeable surprise, I thought you promised never to come to Ascot!”).

Academy Awards:  Best Actor (Rex Harrison); Best Director (George Cukor); Best Cinematography-Colour; Best Art Direction-Colour; Best Costume Design-Colour; Best Sound; Best Scoring of Music-Adaptation or Treatment
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Supporting Actor (Stanley Holloway); Best Supporting Actress (Gladys Cooper); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Film Editing

Golden Globe Awards:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Rex Harrison); Best Director (George Cukor)
Nominations: Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Audrey Hepburn); Best Supporting Actor (Stanley Holloway)

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