Cranky Professor Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard) takes a bet that he can turn Cockney guttersnipe Eliza Doolittle (Wendy Hiller) into a “proper lady” in a mere six months in this delightful comedy of bad manners, based on the play by George Bernard Shaw.
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This film is quite wonderful, but what I am really in love with is the Mid-century Modernist stuffed leather living room set in Henry Higgins' salon.You cam see an arm of one of them in the above screenshot. If you are the current owner of these pieces and are willing to sell them, please contact me.
A classic with great performances by the whole cast. The satiric perfume of the play against the hypocrisy of the Britiish upper-class is a lot more present in this version than in the Cukor's sweetened version. No wonder if one knows that George Bernard Shaw wrote himself the adaptation of his play in 1938. Recommended.
People see a Macbeth film. They imagine they have seen Macbeth, and don't want to see it again; so when your Mr. Hackett or somebody comes round to act the play, he finds the house empty. That is what has happened to dozens of good plays whose authors have allowed them to be filmed. It shall not happen to mine if I can help it. - George Bernard Shaw, Authors On Film ed. Geduld
Quanto brilla, Howard, nella parte dell'antipatico professore di fonetica (i suoi occhi sono quelli di un poeta-ragazzo, guizzanti e ridenti). Nemmeno ne "La foresta pietrificata" mi era piaciuto tanto.
La parte centrale del film avrebbe potuto essere sviluppata un po' più.