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my fair lady is a musical film adaptation from the lerner and loewe stage musical with the same title which based upon george bernard shaw’s pygmalion. the film features audrey hepburn as a flower seller called eliza doolittle and rex harrison as henry higgins, an arrogant irascible, misogynistic professor of phonetics who believes that it is the accent and tone of one’s voice which determines a person’s prospects in the society.

the story concerns eliza doolittle, a cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor henry higgins so that she can pass as a lady. higgins takes credit for eliza’s success, but later she realizes that she can now be independent and does not need him anymore.

despite of the fact that hepburn did not use her own voice to sing in the film as she was dubbed by marni nixon, the film won eight 1964 academy awards including best picture. my fair lady is one of my most favorite musical films ever. as i can recall i have watched this film more than twenty times already.

★★★★★ acting
★★★★★ actors/casting
★★★★★ story
★★★★★ music/sound effect
★★★★★ direction/composition
★★★★★ overall

movie: my fair lady | director: george cukor | release: 1964

2009.07.22