Classics Retold

         When writing for college, I have found that personal experiences or connect to something in your life makes the process a little easier. When I heard we would be reading and watch Pygmalion, my heart fluttered with joy. Mythology is one of my favorite things. Greeks, Roman, and American alike, it all grabs my attention and makes learning very enjoyable. My one and only tattoo is a pomegranate to represent the myth of Persephone and the explanation of the seasons. So, the film 1938 film Pygmalion, directed by Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard and based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play, was my favorite of the films we watched this semester.

         In the film, the first thing I noticed was Higgins (Leslie Howard). Once again, I find that if you can connect something in your own life to a film, it makes it all the more interesting. My “type” so to say is exactly like his character: tall, nerdy, a bit abrasive, and intelligent. His intellect and mannerisms drew me in and held my interest throughout the film. When I finally got over his charm, I began to enjoy all the other aspects of the story.

         The opening scene was set in a beautiful location. The pillars and cobblestone streets were a perfect setting for the story. As the film progressed, every location was exactly as I would have imagined it when I read the book. The mansion with the spiral staircase, the ballroom, and Higgins; mother’s house were all perfect to a t. Overall, the aesthetics were of the highest quality to enhance the interaction between the characters.

         Such a perfect story is enchanting no matter what, but this version really took the cake. The second version made me cringe because of my fond attachment to the first. It was hard to watch something redone when you believe the first was so great. I believe I have made my case clear. I loved Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard’s work and would recommend it to anyone.

Lauren Taylor