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Pygmalion
     

Pygmalion

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Director: Anthony Asquith

Cast: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfred Lawson

 

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George Bernard Shaw's classic comedy of manners is given the royal treatment in The Criterion Collection's digitally restored release of the film that inspired My Fair Lady (1964). Presented in the original 1.33:1 full-screen aspect ratio and remixed into an English Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, this release also offers optional English subtitles and a

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George Bernard Shaw's classic comedy of manners is given the royal treatment in The Criterion Collection's digitally restored release of the film that inspired My Fair Lady (1964). Presented in the original 1.33:1 full-screen aspect ratio and remixed into an English Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, this release also offers optional English subtitles and a stunning new transfer made from the 35 mm composite fine-grain master struck from the original negative.

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Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
Though famously remade as the musical My Fair Lady, this 1938 version of the story was the first English-language screen adaptation and the only one approved by its playwright, the cantankerous George Bernard Shaw, who also penned the Academy Award-winning screenplay. The tale is familiar by now: Phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard, who also co-directed) refashions the speech patterns and manners of Covent Garden flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Wendy Hiller). Along the way, Shaw's shots at social mores, exemplified mainly by Higgins's comically rude attitude toward Doolittle, are brought home by several elements, not the least of which are editor David Lean's spooky, tunneling montages, the brisk and frisky staging by co-director Anthony Asquith, and the intense chemistry between Howard and Hiller. Fans mesmerized by My Fair Lady's songs and florid pageantry needn't fret, as they will likely be charmed by the zippy rhythm of Shaw's dialogue, which has a terrific musicality of its own
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One of George Bernard Shaw's most popular and durable plays concerns the stuffy British professor of phonetics who, on a bet, tries to transform a flower girls' speaking style from lower-class Cockney to proper English, with all it implies. Pygmalion was first filmed in Great Britain in 1938 and became an instant classic. Featuring well-pitched performances from Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in the lead roles, this Anthony Asquith film has the exquisite timing and tenor of a sophisticated comedy of manners. Barely concealed beneath the story is a devastating satire of British class pretensions. This material was adapted as the musical My Fair Lady in the 1950s and the film of the same name in 1964. It also inspired numerous imitatations, such as Educating Rita.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2000
UPC:
0037429151822
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:30:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wendy Hiller Eliza Doolittle
Leslie Howard Prof. Henry Higgins
Wilfred Lawson Alfred Doolittle
Marie Lohr Mrs. Higgins
Scott Sunderland Col. Pickering
Jean Cadell Mrs. Pearce
David Tree Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Violet Vanbrugh Ambassadress
Iris Hoey Ysabel
Viola Tree Perfide
Cathleen Nesbitt Old Lady
O.B. Clarence Vicar
Esme Percy Count Aristid Karpathy
Frank Atkinson Actor
Irene Browne Duchess
Leo Genn Actor
Leucen MacGrath Clara Eynsford-Hill
H.F. Maltby Bystander
George Mozart Actor
Stephen Murray Police Constable
Wally Patch Bystander
Everley Gregg Mrs. Eynsford Hill
Kate Cutler Grand old lady
Ivor Barnard Bystander
Cecil Trouncer 1st Policeman
Anthony Quayle French Hairdresser

Technical Credits
Anthony Asquith Director,Screenwriter
Leslie Howard Director
Czettell Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Dalrymple Screenwriter
Arthur Honegger Score Composer
Laurence Irving Art Director
David Lean Editor
Cecil Lewis Screenwriter
W.P. Lipscomb Screenwriter
Gabriel Pascal Producer
Schiaparelli Costumes/Costume Designer
George Bernard Shaw Screenwriter
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Worth Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:22]
2. "I'm a good girl I am!" [6:54]
3. "I could pass you off as the Queen of Sheba" [5:15]
4. "I want to be a lady" [8:22]
5. "You have to be very particular" [4:34]
6. "I'm one of the undeserving poor" [7:43]
7. Eliza's lessons [2:50]
8. Eliza takes tea [9:30]
9. Higgins' crash course [4:52]
10. At the Embassy Ball [4:04]
11. A Hungarian Princess [1:41]
12. "There are your slippers -- and there!" [5:13]
13. "Kiss me again!" [10:31]
14. "Middle-class morality claims its victim" [3:27]
15. Eliza speaks her mind [8:30]
16. "Where the devil are my slippers, Eliza?" [7:20]

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Pygmalion 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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First class adapation of Shaw's great play.
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