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A priceless classic, MY FAIR LADY has become one of the most popular musicals of all time. Based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play PYGMALION, the film swept the Academy Awards. Cecil Beaton's lavish sets and costumes and Lerner and Loewe's winning score became the background for George Cukor's striking mix of styles that ranged from the fantastic to the abstract in his telling of the tale of a waif who's educated into being a lady. Egotistical linguist Professor Henry Higgins (Oscar-winning Rex Harrison) bets his friend, Colonel Hugh Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White), that he can transform Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) in time for an important society ball. His gamble could pay off--but the spirited Eliza is more of a handful than the Professor could have predicted. As she slowly becomes more refined, and less reliant upon him, Higgins realizes, to his confusion, that he can't live without her. The film was nominated for 12 Oscars and won eight, including Best Picture and Director.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Features: Letterboxed
  • UPC: 085391666820

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Genre:Musical & Performing Arts
Format:DVD

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"...One of the most joyous musicals ever written....Cukor's film is a pleasure to behold..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (09/23/1994)

"...Glorious....Features Beaton's astounding costumes, Cukor's stately direction, the best-loved, most hummable of all Broadway scores and a sublime cast headed by Harrison and Hepburn..."
New York Times - Janet Maslin (09/21/1994)

"Eliza Doolittle´┐Żs transformation from flower girl to princess in MY FAIR LADY is, of course, one of the great moments of musical theater..."
New York Times - Dave Kehr (11/18/2011)

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Created: 01/10/10

A true classis. Should be in everyone's collection.

An instant Classic! Family friendly! What can you say about this movie. It will sure to leave you smiling for the rest of the day! Love the accents!

A priceless classic, MY FAIR LADY has become one of the most popular musicals of all time. Based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play PYGMALION, the film swept the Academy Awards. Cecil Beaton's lavish sets and costumes and Lerner and Loewe's winning score became the background for George Cukor's striking mix of styles that ranged from the fantastic to the abstract in his telling of the tale of a waif who's educated into being a lady. Egotistical linguist Professor Henry Higgins (Oscar-winning Rex Harrison) bets his friend, Colonel Hugh Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White), that he can transform Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) in time for an important society ball. His gamble could pay off--but the spirited Eliza is more of a handful than the Professor could have predicted. As she slowly becomes more refined, and less reliant upon him, Higgins realizes, to his confusion, that he can't live without her. The film was nominated for 12 Oscars and won eight, including Best Picture and Director.

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Created: 05/17/07

FROM 1912-A PLAY TO 1938-1ST FILMED TO 1964-8 OSCARS

Review For: My Fair Lady (DVD, 1998)

"My Fair Lady" (1964) was director George Cukor's film musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's (1912) play "Pygmalion." Cukor's movie won no less than 12 Academy Award nominations & ultimately 8 Oscars: Best Actor (Rex Harrison), Best Director (Cukor's only Oscar), Best Color Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Color Costume Design (Cecil Beaton), Best Color Cinematography (in widescreen 70 mm), Best Picture, Best Score (Andre Previn), and Best Sound.

In 1964, the competition was quite stiff since the Beatles' "Help" was a best picture nominee, & Julie Andrews was nominated Best Actress for her great leading performance in Disney's classic, "Mary Poppins." Andrews won the Oscar instead of Audrey Hepburn.

"Pygmalion" was a Broadway success from 1956-1962. Shaw's plot wasn't exactly original! Ovid's "Metamorphoses" preceded Shaw's adaptation. Ovid's is about a man named Pygmalion who falls for an ivory statue of a beautiful woman.

The non-musical form of the play from Shaw's screenplay was filmed in Britain in 1938 by co-directors Anthony Asquith & Leslie Howard. In one sentence, Shaw's story is about a Cockney flower vendor, Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), who is trained by a sexist bachelor linguistics professor, Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison), to speak proper Queen's English within six months.

Higgins is challenged to undertake Doolittle's transformation by accepting a bet by Colonel Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White). During Doolittle'speech lessons her drunkard father, a delightful character Alfred or Alfie to his friends (Stanley Holloway), repeatedly shows up looking for money & even tries to sell Higgins his daughter for 50 pounds!

Higgins & Pickering hastily force Doolittle's first public appearance at the opening day Ascot Races. Even though she makes a miserable presentation, Doolittle gains the attention of an upper class born but poor, dashingly handsome young man, Freddie Eynsford-Hill (Jeremy Brett). Their distant romance begins.

Doolittle, Higgins & Pickering wind up triumphant in high society after Doolittle's successful appearance where she is mistaken for a Hungarian Princess at the Embassy Ball. In brief, as the two sexist male gamblers congratulate each other for "their" success, Doolittle is so hurt she leaves in hurried anger after being changed.

Again, not being a spoiler, I wouldn't dare reveal the ending.

Lerner & Lowe's remarkably memorable tunes & (Rex Harrison spoken) lyrics consist of: "An Ordinary Man," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church on Time," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "Just You Wait," "On the Street Where You Live," "Show Me," "The Rain in Spain," "Why Can't A Woman," "Why Can't the English Learn to Speak?," "With a Little Bit of Luck," "Without You," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?," and "You Did It, You Did It."

Any feminist could ask the question of the film's ending, however, "Isn't Professor Henry Higgins the one who needs to be transformed?"

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Created: 04/19/08

A CLASSIC! :-) My Fair Lady is a Pretty Woman indeed!!

I JUST LOVE THIS MUSICAL!!~~ I purchased this DVD anniversary edition of the Academy Award winning "MY FAIR LADY" to add to our DVD collection after I realized my 19yr old daughter had never seen what she now realizes is the original version of "Pretty Woman." :-) Well, of course this is played by Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison in a musical format, and is about making over a poor English flower girl in horse and buggy days, instead of a current day struggling "working girl," Julia Roberts, also of the street and leading man Richard Gere. BUT my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it just the same. She also seemed pleased too to make the connection of the re-make of classic tale after a few minutes in to playing it today for the first time, :-). I loved it as much this time as when I saw it years ago, and also in the theater version years ago! - It is a charming romantic comedy, with a wonderful message really of not judging a book by it's cover. The boy meets girl, loses girl, and gets girl back tale after he realizes he's messed up, smiles! CLASSIC!! :-) ~ MY FAIR LADY is terrific family viewing, with strong family values presented in this classic musical! :-)~~ I'm glad it is available on DVD, and I can't wait to view the EXTRAS disk in this Anniversary Edition DVD of the musical.

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Created: 04/02/11

The Best of the Best

My Fair Lady is just wonderful musical movie making. I don't know if any other can ever compare. Rex Harrison is perfect as Professor Higgins. Maybe Julie Andrews was perfect as Eliza Doolittle on stage (because she could sing the part so beautifully), but Audrey Hepburn looks and acts the role to perfection.
This cast's ensemble is uniformly outstanding.

The settings are beautiful and extravagant with remarkable attention to detail.
The humor and movement propel the story in such a way that the lengthy running time seems somehow compressed and never lags.

I had this musical on VHS tape, but I had to have the DVD. If something replaces the DVD I will have to have that also, because I never tire of this musical. The wittiness of the writing, the beauty, the lovely music, and the fabulous cast all make this my favorite movie musical. Many of the actors are gone now, but their accomplishments in My Fair Lady can never be surpassed.

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Created: 10/19/09

A must have for all Audrey Hepburn fans young and old

Review For: My Fair Lady (DVD, 1998)

This movie is about a common street flower selling good girl becoming a well desired proper young lady. Audrey Hepburn dancing and singing (Miss Eliza Doolittle) being the common poor speaking good girl wanting to pay for speech lessons from Rex Harrison (Professor Henry Higgins). Audrey Hepburn singing Wouldn't it be Lovely, and Just you Wait are beautiful love hate songs. A great musical for all to enjoy and love. Every young girl should watch and admire how one Eliza Doolittle transforms herself from the ugly duckling to a beautiful swan. A must for the beautiful girl in all.

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