My Fair Lady: Quite a Fair Movie

         There are so many components that a movie must have in order for it to be considered a good movie. The acting in George Cukor’s 1964 version of My Fair Lady was of course phenomenal with such actors as Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. Both of these actors were so great I tried to notice something small and overlooked often in this movie. Throughout the movie I caught myself noticing the music more than anything. Music can almost unknowingly make or break a movie, and in My Fair Lady, it assists the movie.

         This is a musical, and it made the movie much more enjoyable than the movie version of George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion. Not only was the music enjoyable while the characters sang, but also the background music during pitiful times and happy times was great. Music can enhance a movie well beyond what some see and in My Fair Lady, this is unrecognizably true. My favorite scene occurs when Henry professes his love to Eliza though a song, which then becomes a duet. This scene shows first hand why music in this movie is exceptional.

         This movie could have been a little shorter by cutting out either some dialogue or even a song or two. The scene where Doolittle, played by Stanley Holloway, sings about getting married seems unnecessary, but it does not impair the movie either. This is just one of the songs that could be cut out without making a huge hole in the storyline.

         I enjoyed My Fair Lady, not only because of Audrey Hepburn’s magnificent performance but because of the singing and music throughout the movie. It was a good production and had a good storyline. It was better directed and better acted than Pygmalion; this is the third time I have seen My Fair Lady, and to be honest, I would not mind to see it again!

Brooke Dunbar

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