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re: The messy brilliance of the MY FAIR LADY film (VERY LONG)
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 01:17 pm EDT 04/01/21
In reply to: re: The messy brilliance of the MY FAIR LADY film (VERY LONG) - Billhaven 11:21 pm EDT 03/31/21

Thanks for your input, but I would say that very few of the flaws I mentioned could be classified as artistic decisions.

As for "Get Me to the Church on Time," as I believe I mentioned in my essay, I'm sure the reason for cutting the dancing was NOT due to the length of the movie, and the reason I'm sure is that the number is about as long as it was in the stage version -- it's just that they unwisely cut out the dancing but replaced it with scenes of Doolittle going from one pub to another, drinking and carousing with different groups of people as he gets drunker and drunker and he (and sometimes the chorus) keep singing the SAME lyrics of the song over and over and over again. The only "dance breaks" are two very brief moments, totaling about 30 seconds, where Stanley Holloway does a little soft-shoe, and then there's another orchestral break during which Holloway sort of marches around a bit. As far as I'm concerned, the entire center section of that number is a mess and it brings the film to a halt.
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