Nice performances, great songs, great costumes, but BORING. Cukor and musicals just were not simpatico is trying to balance pace, characterization, and music. He had to realize that at some point he the work itself could manage to balance all three than woefully drag out a good musical.
A funny film with theatrical scenes with sound characters, e.g., the noble ones, the professor ones, the ones in the street, the philosophical drunks. She, as a poor, sweet, simple and beautiful street girl smiles sweetly to the noble people who lives in noble white dressings and noble black tuxedos. She is poor, simple, sweet and very beautiful, however, she finds the happiness under the sword of the proffesor.
Look, but don't touch! A musical of great charm and spark is fair nearly embalmed in this handsome but static cinematic record. Harrison's reedy charms sidle through, but Hepburn's cockney screech is quite horrid. The pipedream of 'what if..' with Julie Andrews instead is too tragic. The film belongs in a museum of some sort.