A True Classic

         When the 1956 play My Fair Lady, written by Alan J. Lerner and based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (1913), was adapted to film in 1964 by George Cukor, it made the play come to life, and the film is still considered a true classic.

         The film was made into a beautiful and very entertaining musical. The costumes are beautiful and extravagant. Even the flower girl costume worn by Eliza (Audrey Hepburn) is beautiful in that it represents her place in society as a lower-class citizen. The settings in this film are very appropriate, and the scenes seem as if they transpire in a town on a typical day in any person's normal routine. Flowers are everywhere, and they are beautiful as well. I cannot express enough how wonderful the film's settings, costumes, and music are. The film is exactly what I picture when reading the play.

         The musical also keeps the idea behind the play that the author intended. I would argue that the music in the film adds to the overall essence found within this book/film combination. The musical makes the play come alive in the best way possible. This, musically, is one of the best films all time and a true classic.

Nicole Zelesnikar

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