Review of the film “My Fair Lady”.
The film is based on the story Pygmalion (1912) by George Bernard Shaw. Henry Higgins is an English Linguistics Professor who takes on Eliza Doolittle under his tutelage to change her from an unrefined flower girl with a Cockney accent to a genteel who brings forth the majesty and grandeur of the English language with every utterance. Riding on Eliza's success is a bet Higgins makes with his friend, Colonel Hugh Pickering, where in Higgin’s claims he will be able to pass Eliza off as a Duchess in six months. As Eliza and Higgins train together, they become accustomed to each other even though it is an abusive relationship on Higgins' part. Finally the inevitable confrontation occurs: Eliza has surpassed the teacher's expectations, but the teacher still considers her a common flower girl. How does one move forward in such a situation?
Both the dialogue and the song lyrics are crafted extremely well. The music itself has a few high points but there are plenty of low ones as well. The acting is impeccable: Rex Harrison's role as a happy-but-cynical misanthrope is played out extremely well. Audrey Hepburn's transformation from a common girl to a cultured lady is extremely convincing, particularly in terms of her accent. The supporting cast is excellent: Eliza's father Alfred P. Doolittle is played in a irreverent and charismatic manner by Stanley Holloway who gets some of the coolest lines in the film and was my favourite character.
So I consider this movie as the best one to those who is studying English.