This post will be a film review on the 1964 musical film ”My Fair Lady” which I finished on Monday.
The film is about a flower – seller girl called Eliza Doolittle, that has a cockney accent and wants to work in a flower shop instead of the streets but her thick accent makes her unsuitable and for that – she wants to be able to speak proper English.
Professor Henry Higgins, a scholar of phonetics believes that the accent and tone in which someone speaks helps determine whether they are suitable for higher prospects in society.
In Covent Garden, he boasts to an acquaintance Colonel Hugh Pickering that he can teach anyone to speak proper English and that he can pass them off as a duke or duchess.
He selects Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) as an example and then the next morning Eliza goes to his house asking for lessons and that she would pay a shilling and nothing more.
A debate is then ensued on whether or not it would be possible to turn Eliza into a lady; Professor Higgins truly believes he can whereas Colonel Pickering isn’t entirely sure.
Alfred P. Doolittle (Stanley Holloway) a dustman shows up 3 days later to protect his daughter’s virtue and feels he should be paid in return especially for allowing his daughter Eliza to take lessons from Professor Higgins.
The rest of the film, ends with hilarious results as well as some nice songs 🙂
I do love musicals, and I enjoyed this one.
Out of 10, I would give it a 9.
One of my favourite songs in the musical is ”Wouldn’t it be Loverly?”
The way it’s said ties into her accent.
I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys comedy too.