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My Fair Lady
- Audrey Hepburn

Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview

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.

Awards:
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) Winner
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design (Color) Winner
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Winner
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner

Cast List

Alan Jay Lerner
Walter Burke - American Supporting Actor
Monika Henreid
Dinah Anne Rogers
John Mitchum - American Character Actor
Grady Sutton - American Comic Actor
Stanley Holloway - British Actor/Singer
William Ziegler - American Editor
Theodore Bikel - Star, NAKED CITY (1960)
Marjorie Bennett - American Actress
John Holland - Supporting Actor
James Wood
Jack L. Warner - Warner Brothers Movie Mogul
Jack Warner - Warner Brothers Movie Mogul
Colin Campbell
Jeremy Brett - British actor, MY FAIR LADY, portrayed Sherlock Holmes
Peter Jeremy Williams Huggins - British actor, MY FAIR LADY, portrayed Sherlock Holmes
Gladys Cooper - British Actress
Dame Gladys Cooper - British Actress
Laurie Main
Barbara Pepper - American Actress
Maurice Dallimore
Patrick O'Moore
Hermes Pan - Choreographer
Hermes Panagiotopulos - Choreographer
Ben Wright - Actor/Journey To...Earth
Audrey Hepburn - Actress, MY FAIR LADY, FUNNY FACE, ROMAN HOLIDAY, SABRINA
Audrey Hepburn-Ruston - Actress, MY FAIR LADY, FUNNY FACE, ROMAN HOLIDAY, SABRINA
Rex Harrison - British actor
Wilfrid Hyde-White - British Actor
Wilfrid Hyde White - British Actor
Mona Washbourne - British Actress
Gene Allen - Production Designer
Cecil Beaton - British Photographer/Stage Designer
Sir Cecil Beaton - British Photographer/Stage Designer
Harry Stradling - Director Of Photography
Harry Stradling Sr. - Director Of Photography
George James Hopkins - Set Designer/Decorator
George Hopkins - Set Designer/Decorator
William Taylor
Betty Blythe - American Actress
George Cukor - Oscar-winning American director, MY FAIR LADY
Alan Napier - Actor, BATMAN (1966)
George Bernard Shaw - Irish Playwright
John McLiam - Supporting Actor
Frederick Loewe
Frederick "Fritz" Loewe
Isobel Elsom - British actress
André Previn - Conductor/Composer
Henry Daniell - British actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
Henry Daniel - British actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo
  • Run Time: 172
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 032429153944
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Release Date: July 2016

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Movies > Musicals

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Synopsis:
An insufferably arrogant linguist, Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison), bets a colleague that he can transform a flower-selling Cockney guttersnipe into a regal lady. His quarry, the irrepressible Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), accepts his offer for diction lessons in good faith, hoping to improve her station with a career as a shopgirl. This quintessential musical, scored by Lerner and Loewe, was based on the 1913 play PYGMALION by George Bernard Shaw, and virtually swept the Academy Awards, winning, among others, Best Picture, Director, and Actor (Harrison).

Notes:
Theatrical release: October 21, 1964. Filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios. One of the most expensive musicals ever, the estimated budget was $17 million. Jack Warner reportedly paid $5.5 million to the Shaw estate for the rights to the musical; additionally, the owners of the stage property were to receive 47.5% of all proceeds after the first $20 million. The Broadway musical MY FAIR LADY was staged by Moss Hart, produced by Herman Levin, and starred Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, and Stanley Holloway. Warner didn't want to cast Julie Andrews in the film because she wasn't known enough in the U.S. at the time. Vincente Minelli was the studio's first choice for director. MY FAIR LADY was named Best Film by the New York Film Critics and one of the 10 Best Films of the Year by the National Board of Review. Marni Nixon, who dubbed Audrey Hepburn's singing voice, had previously dubbed Natalie Wood's singing voice in WEST SIDE STORY and Deborah Kerr's in THE KING AND I. Many speculated that Hepburn was passed over for an Academy Award nomination because she did not do her own singing. The voice for Jeremy Brett, who played Freddie Eynsford-Hill, was supplied by Bill Shirley. Dr. Peter Ladefoged from UCLA served as phonetics advisor. Actor Wilfrid Hyde-White served as "Ascot" advisor. Cecil Beaton's screen credit reads Costumes, Scenery, and Production Designer, which in actuality referred to his work for the stage version of MY FAIR LADY. For the film, he was responsible for Costumes, Makeup and Hair. George Bernard Shaw's straight play PYGMALION was adapted for the screen in 1938, starring Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller.

Reviews:
"...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]..." - 09/21/1994 New York Times, p.C13


"...One of the most joyous musicals ever written....Cukor's film is a pleasure to behold..." - 09/23/1994 Chicago Sun-Times, p.40


"Eliza Doolittle’s transformation from flower girl to princess in MY FAIR LADY is, of course, one of the great moments of musical theater..." - 11/18/2011 New York Times

 
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