DVD - 2006
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Publisher: [London] : BBC Video, ©2006, [℗1973]
Edition: Full screen.
ISBN: 9781419830396
Branch Call Number: PYG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Feb 16, 2018

This is a stage production of Shaw's play Pygmalion that was aired on British TV December 16, 1973. Don't expect high production values. There's no reason to watch this unless you are a huge Lynn Redgrave fan. Instead, I would opt for the 1938 film starring Leslie Howard as Henry Higgins and Wendy Hiller as Eliza Doolittle. Also keep in mind that the musical version, My Fair Lady, is a major improvement. Watching Pygmalion now, there's a tendency to think, why are they leaving out the songs, that's the best part.

Also included on the DVD is a one-hour production of Shaw's play Androcles and the Lion (adapted, obviously, from Aesop's fable). This version was produced by the BBC for schools, and aired in two parts on Friday afternoons in September 1983. It is a stage production so again, don't expect cinematic production values or visual effects. They make no attempt to hide the fact that the "lion" is an actor wearing a lion costume. The play explores philosophical questions relating to Christianity, particularly, what is the purpose of the dictum to "turn the other cheek" when someone strikes you, and for that matter what is the purpose of being a Christian at all, as compared to atheism or paganism. The play doesn't really offer an answer to these questions, however.

Sep 11, 2017

I quite enjoyed this film of the play (I have never seen or read it, but I did see My Fair Lady), and was most delighted by the growing immaturity if Higgins, and most of all, the character of Eliza's father. The bonus play was so odd I couldn't be bothered with it any more than I had to form that judgement.

Jun 03, 2016

My Fair Lady minus the music and awesome costumes, in stage-play fashion, with very fine actors and a very different ending. Subtitles provided, so no problem with British accents.
The second play, Androcles and the Lion, seemed awfully stupid. I couldn't finish it.

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