My Fair Lady

  • 1964
  • G
  • 170min
  • 96%
  • 7.9 / 10

Phonetics professor Henry Higgins overhears flower seller Eliza Doolittle’s heavy Cockney accent and makes a bet with Colonel Hugh Pickering that he could pass Eliza off as a duchess under his tutelage. Their bet takes a romantic turn as Henry begins to develop feelings for Eliza.

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Shaw’s stage play Pygmalion is named after a Greek mythological figure of the same name. It was based on the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. Pygmalion was a skillful Cypriot sculptor who fell in love with his own work of art that he called Galatea. However, Shaw never intended his stage play to be about a romantic relationship. His intentions were to give rise to issues regarding women’s suffrage and class struggle in the U.K. For years, Shaw loathed misinterpretations of his play. According to vice-president of the International Shaw Society Ellen Dolgin, Shaw thought Pygmalion would reinforce his points. She also noted that play is really centered on the core power of language and the belief that language is a social determiner, which is something very essential during the time. In 1938, Shaw also wrote a screenplay for a film adaptation, but the producer betrayed him by making an entirely different ending.

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Based on Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play called Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical drama film. It is an adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe’s stage musical of the same title. The film was directed by George Cukor from a screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner. It follows the relationship of a beggarly Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle with pompous phonetics scholar Henry Higgins who molds her into a sophisticated English speaker. It stars Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison in the lead cast. They are joined by Stanley Holloway, Gladys Cooper, and Wilfrid Hyde-White as the supporting cast.

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