MY FAIR LADY is essentially, a bad film. It takes this monumental stage musical (and I saw the original London production and it was, indeed monumental), and even in 70MM, turns it into this staid, dull-as-dishwater, almost dreary period piece. Sans great choreography (the stage play's "Get Me to the Church on Time" was an incredible dance number, with superb music, cut from the film), magnificent sets that looked real (the film has big sets that look like sets), and a leading lady that had audiences on their feet at her triumpant "The Rain in Spain" and "I Could Have Danced All Night" (there were three standing ovations during the perform, in a time when they were a rarity). While I think Audrey Hepburn is absolutely dire in the role of Eliza, I don't entirely blame her. The direction of the entire thing is wretched. When I saw the film, I mourned for the loss of what Moss Hart had given us, and what it had become with George Cukor. It is my number 1 least favorite film, ever made. Mostly, because the source material was so spectacular, innovative. The complete opposite of what the film is. MFL was a popular film, because it was a popular title. The original Broadway cast recording was the biggest-selling album (any genre) of all-time. Even if you had not seen the show, you knew it and you had the record. However, Jack Warner predicted that it would be the most successful film of all-time (like the show was), and it wasn't even the most successful film of 1964! He was wrong about the leading lady, the director, and the production, in general; and, while he turned a profit, it was nowhere near the profits of MARY POPPINS or A HARD DAY'S NIGHT or GOLDFINGER.
"My Fair Lady"
Posted 10 June 2014 - 07:36 AM
I agree with Bob on that.
"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).
Posted 09 June 2014 - 10:14 PM
I agree with Bob on that.
"Those who would give up essential liberty
to purchase a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty, nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin 1775
"I know that the hypnotized never lie... Do ya?"
Pete Townshend 1971
Posted 09 June 2014 - 09:31 PM
Posted 31 May 2014 - 10:28 PM
so didya hear R.O. say he DIDN'T think MFL should be considered an 'Essential' ?!
Disagreeing with DB, (paraphrasing here) he could appreciate the production, liked having Harrison's great performance on record, but just couldn't 'buy' Hepburn's (though he loves her) performance, or the fact she couldn't handle(although her voice was 'pleasant enough') the musical numbers.
My sentiments exactly!
Woo-hoo & good for him!!
(& a brave critique on such a popular film)
"A small elephant is not a rabbit."
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