My Fair Lady (1964)
Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) is a linguistic expert with more than a little pride in his practice. One particular evening he meets a rather peculiar girl, a flower girl named Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) who dreams of being a fine lady. Higgins boasts to his new friend, a Colonel Pickering, that he can take Miss. Doolittle and by changing the way she speaks pass her off as a real lady at the Duchess’ ball just a few short months away. Eliza takes him at his boast and moves in with Professor Higgins to begin her training. Things get on a bit slowly at first but eventually Eliza gets the hang of speaking proper English. Eliza isn’t quite a lady but still manages to charm the gentry and when she is a success at the ball Higgins takes all the credit forcing Eliza to angrily abandon him which doesn’t sit to well with Higgins. Professor Higgins is forced to realize that he has grown accustomed to Eliza and can’t live without her. Also starring Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel.
My Fair Lady, coming in at #91 on the previous AFI top 100 list, it was at one time the longest running Broadway show and is based on the George Bernard Shaw comedy Pygmallion. My Fair Lady is a stylish, fun and elegant musical. Better yet this particular film rendition of the musical is brilliantly cast! Harrison and Hepburn have great chemistry and Hepburn’s role is considered to be one of her best. Personally I can’t say its her best but I certainly love it. The great thing about My Fair for me is the music. Songs like “Wouldn’t It Be Lovely?,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “Get Me to the Church on Time.” The music is all fun, whimsical and memorable. Every time I watch My Fair Lady the songs are stuck in my head for days afterward. For me this is a musical that all the family can enjoy together and is one of the best musicals out of Hollywood.
9/10 Stars – I could have danced all night to this fabulous and beautiful musical!
Basically My Fair Lady is a movie for women. No man in his right mind will sit through the 2.5 hours of this and go “time well spent.” I’m by no means saying that My Fair Lady is a bad movie or of poor quality, but it no way grasped my attention and everything after the horse races was a blur. The voice of Eliza will annoy the crap out of you and only women will care about the love connection between Higgins and her. The songs are well-known and catchy so that is a plus, but at the end of the day, I’m sadden to know that this film beat out the great Mary Poppins for Best Picture in 1964 and that is the real shame I feel for the movie world. How on earth it managed 12 nominations from the Academy with 8 wins is beside me! It’s not often that I disagree with my wife on a movie rating, but My Fair Lady is just one of those movies that just wasn’t my thing. At All!
5/10 Stars – I know it has quality movie aspects, but at the end of the day, it was annoying and boring.
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