My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

DVD - 2009
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"In this beloved adaptation of the Broadway stage hit, Hepburn plays a sassy, working-class London street vendor, whom an arrogant professor attempts to turn into a sophisticated lady through proper schooling. But, when the humble flower girl blossoms into the toast of London's elite, her teacher may have a lesson or two to learn himself."--Container.

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bookie66
Apr 05, 2019

I looked forward to watching. Had never seen. Music was enjoyable. Would be better to get the cd and listen. Visually it plodded along....slow.....slow..... Did not finish.

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Derringer
Feb 20, 2019

When it comes to vintage, Hollywood musicals - I'd say that this gaudy, overblown production certainly pushed the limits of spectator endurance with its 2-hour-50-minute running time.

Not only that - But (IMO) 1964's "My Fair Lady" didn't even contain a single memorable song and the overall choreography of the musical numbers was, basically, pretty boring stuff, in the long run.

Anyway - I think that a lot of this film's production troubles clearly rested on the shoulders of filmmaker, George Cukor. This was the first musical that he'd ever directed - And, thankfully, it was his last.

I would have thought everyone knew about "My Fair Lady." I'll confine my comments to the quality of the production, which on Blu-Ray is top-notch, sharp colors and excellent sound. With respect to an earlier commenter saying that Hepburn did an awful job lip-syncing her songs, they were actually dubbed by Marni Nixon. Hepburn could sing pretty well, and was upset that the producers chose Nixon to do her singing. Hepburn was in fact recorded singing on the set, and those tracks are quite acceptable to my way of thinking. She probably needed a high note covered here and there, but generally very good. Nixon dubbed singing for stars in many Hollywood films, including Natalie Wood in "West Side Story," and Deborah Kerr in "The King and I."

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ManMachine
Jan 14, 2019

I'm someone who can usually appreciate viewing a vintage, Hollywood musical every once in a while. But - With that said - I certainly found 1964's "My Fair Lady" to be intolerably dreadful from start to finish.

It was bad enough that this garish, $17 million production had an unbearable running time of 2 hours and 50 minutes. But My Fair Lady's story about the transformation of Eliza Doolittle, the white-trash street-vendor, into a high-class "lady of society" was truly revolting beyond words.

And, yes - On top of that - I thought that actress, Audrey Hepburn (35 at the time playing a 19-year-old) was totally miscast for her part. And, her lip-syncing her songs was absolutely atrocious, too.

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matcat44
Dec 12, 2018

Beautiful sets and clothes. Liked some of the music.

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swyckl
Nov 01, 2018

I liked this musical drama. It has very little dialogue. The songs tell the story. The songs are witty and comprehensive. The character are deep. The story is strong and simple. The dancing was well done. The costumes and props were 1910 or earlier. It was well presented. The story: Acclaimed Professor and confirmed bachelor Henry Higgins makes a wager with his linguistic colleague Colonel Pickering that in six months he can pass off “gutter snipe” Eliza Doolittle as a duchess at an embassy ball. Through arduous training, day and night, Eliza learns how to speak English “properly,” and transforms into a lady respected and adored by all classes. Along the way she bewitches young Freddy Einsford-Hill into falling in love with her, and convinces a supposed linguistics expert that she is royalty. Through her transformation process, Eliza forges a deep connection with Colonel Pickering and most especially with Professor Higgins. However, she finds herself in a difficult position, now too refined to go back to her old life and not with any means or desire to live life as a lady of leisure – especially by herself. When Higgins completely fails to acknowledge Eliza’s role in her own transformation, she leaves his home. It is only then that Higgins realizes that he cares deeply for Eliza. The play ends with Eliza’s return to Higgins’ home, and the ending is left ambiguous, yet it is beloved for being both one of the cleverest and one of the most romantic plays of all time.

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kpelish
Apr 20, 2018

Made in 1964, and time period/values show. Unclear why Eliza would go back to The Professor at the end.

This is hard to rate. There are some really great songs and some memorable visuals. However, and I'm not blaming Rex Harrison for his acting, but I just find that character really annoying and that comes through, for me, even in his "songs". Well done but really annoying. So, for me, I prefer the cd, which I've ripped selectively, leaving out the annoying parts.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 24, 2016

GREAT 1964 film adaption of Broadway stage hit. Not sure how I missed it all these years, but now I've seen it and truly enjoyed the performances of Audrey Hepburn at age 35 and Rex Harrison at 52.
Lots of great staged scenes, especially the street cart dancing scene during 'Wouldn't It be Wonderful'.
Got to give credit to singer Marni Nixon who did the fabulous actual singing which Audrey only mouthed; most looked okay, except during 'I Could Have Danced All Night' which was so off I noted it, not so much the others.
Lots of terrific costuming - even that whacky HUGE hat Audrey wore during her ballroom debut (which is shown on DVD cover).
So much to enjoy about this film - one of the best musicals ever!
But I did find the romantic ending a little odd; guess they just had to wrap it up and this is what we got.

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GeorgieShafrenek
Aug 23, 2015

Beautiful songs (esp. Wouldn't it be lovely and On the Street Where You Live) but very unsatisfactory ending, and Higgens isn't portrayed as enough of a bad guy that he is. I wish it would have showed him have compassion for Eliza in the end, and see her as a person. Or I wish she had ended up with poor Freddy!:P

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Other: Yes, he speaks perfect English, so watch out, you might learn something.

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221b_GreenPanda
Apr 02, 2012

Coarse Language: Watch out for Prof. Higgin's Language Use!

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Eliza Dolittle: "I could have danced all night, I could have danced all night."

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