#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond — one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor.
Plot: A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.
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Great musical could have been even greater except for a tired Rex and a miscast Audrey…
For several reasons, this has never been one of my favorite movie musicals. First, it looks too stagebound. The sets look like sets that nobody ever lived in. The costumes are so fresh they look as if they just came from the latest wardrobe fitting. Secondly, and more importantly, Rex Harrison was tired–VERY TIRED by the time he got to do the role on film that he created on Broadway. Compare the original cast recording of ‘My Fair Lady’ with his rendition of the numbers in the film and you’ll see what I mean. Not only that–he looks visibly tired and bored with the role. And thirdly, as much as I always liked Audrey Hepburn, she is not suited either temperamentally or vocally for the role and this is the big casting mistake Jack Warner made when he decided he couldn’t risk millions on the unknown Julie Andrews. Julie had the right accent, the right look, the right voice, the right age–listen to the original cast recording and, again, you’ll see what I mean. She would have photographed beautifully in technicolor (or Warnercolor or whatever it was) and added her own distinctive charm to the role. Thank God Disney recognized her talents and she ended up winning an Oscar that year anyway for ‘Mary Poppins’. Hepburn tries hard but fails to convince–she always looks like an actress, a very good one, but still an actress playing a role. And on film the age difference between Eliza and Professor Higgins is too great–it’s a distraction that wasn’t as glaring on stage whenever an older actor played Higgins–but here it’s too much. The supporting roles are brilliantly performed. I particularly liked Theodore Bikel as the man who can’t quite place Eliza’s accent at the ball. Gladys Cooper, Wilfrid Hyde-White and others are similarly impressive. But the pace is too slow–too many dull spots between musical highlights. And Stanley Holloway gets to be slightly annoying after awhile. The music is of course still a sheer delight with one of the finest scores ever written for a stage musical. But for almost three hours the film goes on and on with a story that could have been told in half the time. Cukor’s penchant for preserving every last detail for the camera does not serve him well here, however rich that detail is. And yet, he won the Oscar for Best Director–an award probably given for his many other achievements in filmmaking over a long career. No, not my favorite musical–too stagebound and artifical to seem genuine with a tired Rex and a miscast Audrey. And contrary to what others have said here about Marni Nixon, she did an outstanding job on the vocals and deserves no demerits for her work.
A legendary exquisite musical…
Audrey Hepburn is radiant and touching as the poor flower seller Eliza Doolittle who challenges her mentor’s makeover powers, before eventually passing for a lady in London society… She is skillfully transformed into an elegant lady by a speech professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) and taught to speak properly… From first frame to last, the film is slick, graceful, gorgeous to behold, with costumes and sets richly evoking the Edwardian era…
‘My Fair Lady’ begins in London, on a rainy evening outside Covent Garden, where a ‘respectable girl’ is selling bouquets of violets… Professor Henry Higgins, a phonetics and linguistics expert, confronts the ‘deliciously low so horribly dirty’ Eliza Doolittle for the first time…
In the best tradition, their first songs reveal their characters: ‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?’ expresses Eliza’s own ideas of what she dreams, while in ‘Why Can’t the English Learn to Speak’ Higgins sings his despair over the deterioration of the English language, and displays his hard, irritable, intolerant, and elegantly arrogant nature…
Lerner and Loewe’s songs are shear delight as the story moves from Higgins’s wager with sympathetic Colonel Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White) that he can change the street girl with a strong cockney accent into a different human being by teaching her ‘to speak beautifully’ and pass her off in an upper class lady within six months… Higgins and Pickering are both single men, and the housekeeper, Mrs. Pearce, has misgivings about the way in which they are proposing to amuse themselves without caring about the consequences for the “common ignorant girl.”
The songs are extraordinary in their ability to enrich our knowledge of the characters… Higgins’ early song ‘I’m an Ordinary Man’ confirms that he is a ‘quiet living man’ without the need for a woman… Alfred Doolittle’s ‘With a Little Bit of Luck ‘ not only states his general philosophy of life, but exposes the perfect portrait of a friendly scoundrel… Eliza’s father, who calls himself one of “the undeserving poor” is one of Shaw’s best comedy creations… When he arrives to protest at the immorality of Higgins and Pickering treatment of his daughter, it soon becomes clear that he just wants to gain something for himself out of the situation… Eliza, becoming subject to Higgins’ intimidation, belts out her discomfort at the rude, selfish Higgins, imagining a king ordering his death, in “Just You Wait, ‘Enry ‘Iggins.”
The music is also a logical extension of the characters’ feelings… When Eliza finally pronounces impeccably: ‘The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain,’ Higgins can hardly believe what he has heard: (‘By George, she’s got it. Now once again, where does it rain?’), and Eliza (‘On the plain! On the plain!’) and Higgins simply cannot be contained (‘And where’s that soggy plain? ‘) Eliza responding: In Spain! In Spain! They sing a duet together to celebrate their success… The scene leads to one of the most triumphant sequences in musical history…
Further, the stunning scene in which Eliza Doolittle appears in high society when she meets Higgins’s mother (the impeccable Gladys Cooper), and attends the Ascot races… She instantly charms a young admirer Jeremy Brett (Freddy) by her slightly odd manner of speaking, who later haunts Higgins’ house (“On the Street Where you Live”).
The climax comes at the Embassy Ball, where Higgins’ protégé, now “an enchanting young lady” charms everyone with her beauty… Her exercise is an unqualified success… Her waltz with the Queen’s son, and other dance partners, spreads throughout the audience about her identity…
Henry and Pickering are ecstatic… They congratulate each other for their “glorious victory,” (‘You Did It’), but Eliza is hurt and angry at being ignored… They barely acknowledge her presence… She is no longer a part of any world… When Higgins returns for his slippers, which he has forgotten, Eliza flings them angrily at him, and voices her feelings: ‘Oh, what’s to become of me? What am I fit for?’
In an attempt to find her true identity a frustrated Eliza encounters Freddy who declares his love for her, but she returns to the populated flower market outside Covent Garden, where no one recognizes her… Her own ‘miserable’ father – tuxedo-dressed – gives her the cheerful news that he is about to get married…
In the closing scenes, Higgins is upset to discover Liza has left him and is led to wonder why ‘can’t a woman be more like a man? Men are so honest, so thoroughly square.’ Eliza surprises Higgings with her decision to marry Freddie, and claims: ‘I shall not feel alone without you. I can stand on my own without you. I can do bloody well ‘Without you!’
At his home, at dusk, Higgins ultimately recognizes Liza’s quality… He recalls Liza and realizes how much she has come to mean to him… Without her, he is lost and lonely…
The climax is a great ending to a great musical…
‘My Fair Lady’ has great style and beauty… The film describes what is common in many societies… That accent determines the superficiality of class distinctions… The motion picture is humorous, notably the wonderfully steamy bath in which Prof. Higgens’ female staff cleanses the accumulated dirt of the street off Eliza Doolittle…
With the dazzling splendor that director George Cukor offers: the designer’s eye for detail, the painter’s flair for color, the artist’s imagination, and the delicacy of handling, the film garnered no less than twelve Oscar nominations, and took home eight statuettes including Best Picture of the year, Best Actor- Harrison, Best Director- Cukor, as well as Best Art Decoration, Sound, Scoring, Costume Design, and color Cinematography…
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 50 min (170 min)
Genre Drama, Family, Musical, Romance
Director George Cukor
Writer Alan Jay Lerner (book), George Bernard Shaw (from a play by), Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay)
Actors Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White
Awards Won 8 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 13 nominations.
Production Company Warner Brothers
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints), 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Dolby Stereo (70 mm prints) (1994 re-release), DTS (35 mm prints) (1994 re-release), Dolby Digital (35 mm prints) (1994 re-release), Dolby Surround 7.1
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1, 2.20 : 1, 2.35 : 1 (35 mm version)
Camera Panavision Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (restored version), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 7,360 m
Negative Format 65 mm (Eastman 50T 5251)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2021 remaster), Super Panavision 70
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic), 16 mm, 70 mm