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re: The messy brilliance of the MY FAIR LADY film (VERY LONG!)
Posted by: Circlevet 11:23 pm EDT 03/31/21
In reply to: The messy brilliance of the MY FAIR LADY film (VERY LONG!) - Michael_Portantiere 05:59 pm EDT 03/31/21

I will say that I have never been a big fan of the musical but have always found the film totally unsatisfying. Hepburn was an amazing actress but a very uncomfortable fit for Eliza. The costumes were extraordinary but the sets, except for Higgin's home, look cheap---particularly the Ascot set. The cinematography looks flat and is plagued by terrible lighting. Look at the stark shadows in most every scene. The background actors were often so bad that they dominate the scene. There is a woman in the Get Me To The Church On Time who seems to have wandered in off the street and has no idea what she is doing---she can't seem to do anything properly and is often pushed into place by other actors. As a result I can never take my eyes off of her. How Cukor allowed this is beyond comprehension. For me the film is almost entirely flawed. Yes, Harrison is good but Higgins is such an unpleasant character that it can't save the film, for me.
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