Tuesday, 25 December 2007

My Fair Lady


Re-runs of re-runs and even more re-runs. That’s the story of Christmas television. But there is one film that I can forgive them repeating ad other people’s nauseam... My Fair Lady.

Not only is this one of my top ten films but the tagline of “The loveliest motion picture of them all!” is as true now as it was when it was made in 1964. Audrey Hepburn – the most beautiful of women to have walked the streets of Hollywood – was never more lovely.

Rex Harrison was never more chauvinistic and bombastic; and Wilfrid Hyde-White never more the English gentleman. The supporting cast of Stanley Holloway, Mona Washbourne and a youthful Jeremy Brett and the like is top class. As www.imdb.com says - "My Fair Lady", bringing the most tuneful of Broadway scores to the big screen (really big, at the time) was as perfect as movie entertainment could be."

Like all films and stage plays it had its glitches. One of these was the scene in which Eliza says to Henry Higgins “...not you my reverberating friend.” The first attempt at shooting the scene was just after lunch and Rex Harrison had eaten beans. The word reverberating was echoed by the sound of him breaking wind, loudly! After a few more attempts to shoot the scene simply ended in giggles and laughter the job was given up for the day.

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