My Fair Lady

Showtimes

Film runs Wed, Dec 25 through Thu, Dec 26.

Wed, Dec 25

1:00pm

My Fair Lady
George Cukor, 1964
USA | 170 minutes

My Fair Lady was a double adaptation: a film based on Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner’s runaway hit musical, itself inspired by Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw’s barbed 1912 satire of the British ruling class. To Shaw’s story of a wealthy professor who resolves to transform a poor flower girl into a society lady on a bet, Cukor brought a delicate touch, a vast reserve of empathy, and a perfect measure of devilish wit. Then there’s the cast, led by Rex Harrison (in an incredibly refined performance) and Audrey Hepburn, whose natural charm never obscures her heroine’s strength, tenacity, and fierce force of will. The film won eight Oscars, including Cukor’s first for Best Director, and remains one of his most beloved works: a fitting swan song for the Hollywood musical, and a delightful, eternally relevant film in its own right.

Series: The Discreet Charm of George Cukor

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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