My Fair Lady

USA 1964. Dir: George Cukor. 170 min. Blu-ray Disc

ALL AGES WELCOME! ► What does it take to transform a dishevelled Cockney flower girl into a refined British duchess? Why, a lesson in elocution, of course! That’s the premise of director George Cukor’s 1964 adaptation of the massively successful Lerner and Loewe Broadway musical based on Shaw’s Pygmalion. Starring the radiant Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, the waif-who-would-be-lady, and Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins, her uppity elocution professor, this lavish Hollywood heavyweight — winner of eight Oscars, and celebrating its 50th anniversary this year — is an undeniable film-lover’s classic. The musical numbers include “The Rain in Spain,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and the indelible “I Could Have Danced All Night.”


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After the screening, practice your “proper” British accent in a short elocution lesson with professional voice actor and Bard on the Beach voice coach Alison Matthews. For more on Ms. Matthews, visit www.alisonmatthews.com.

Cinema Sunday films are introduced by Vancouver film history teacher, critic, and movie musical maven Michael van den Bos. In-theatre giveaways courtesy of Cinema Sunday community sponsors Videomatica Sales and Kidsbooks. Special giveaway courtesy of Broadway International Wine Shop.

 

REVIEWS

"Precisely the kind of high-class popular entertainment that Hollywood can't seem to make these days."

Chicago Tribune | full review

"The best and most unlikely of musicals, during which I cannot decide if I am happier when the characters are talking or when they are singing."

Roger Ebert | full review

"A wonderfully stylish and witty movie classic."

Empire | full review