Because of her "bit o' luck" the previous night when Higgins generously threw coins into her flower basket, she gives her father a half-crown. After Eliza hears the church bells peal, she is reminded of Higgins' appraisal that she is condemned by every syllable she speaks, and his equally promising words about how he could transform her speech differences under his tutelage. In Higgins' study at his residence on Wimpole Street, the professor and his houseguest are studying vowel sounds produced from a vibrating tuning fork taken from a rack full of tuning forks. They also listen to a phonograph playing recorded phonetic sounds when Eliza appears at the higgins front door. Pearce (Mona washbourne) admits her into the study, thinking she is one of Higgins' subjects of "business" study: "Well, she's shakespeare quite a common girl, sir. I should have sent her away only i thought perhaps you wanted her to talk into your machine." But when Eliza makes her entrance, higgins brusquely dismisses her: "Oh, no, no,. This is the girl I jotted down last night. I've got all the records I want of the lisson Grove lingo. I'm not gonna waste another cylinder on that.
Loverly, loverly, loverly, loverly. Early the next morning, Eliza's hard-drinking, disreputable, scruffy-looking father Alfred (Stanley holloway) is looking for his daughter in the covent Garden market area - boasting to his friends Jamie (John Alderson) and Harry (John McLiam) that he deserves a paternal handout: I give her everythin. I introduced her to this 'ere planet I did, with all its wonders and marvels. The sun that shines, the moon that glows, hyde park to walk through on a fine spring night. The whole ruddy city o' london to roam around in, sellin 'er bloomin' flowers. I give 'er all that, then I disappears and leaves 'er on 'er own to enjoy. Now, if that ain't worth half-a-crown now and again, i'll take my belt off and give 'er what for! Although at first, Eliza resists giving her father any of her hard-earned money: "y'ain't the gonna take me hard-earned wages and pass 'em on to a bloody pub-keeper she relents.
All I want is a room somewhere, far away from the cold night air. With one enormous chair; Oh wouldn't it be loverly? Lots of choc'late for me to eat; Lots of coal makin' lots of heat. Warm face, warm 'ands, warm feet, Oh wouldn't it be loverly? Oh, so loverly sittin' abso-bloomin'-lutely still! I would never budge 'til Spring crept over my window sill. Someone's head restin' on my knee; Warm and tender as he can be, who takes good care of me; Oh wouldn't it be loverly?
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Oh, why can't the English - why can't the English learn to speak? So the Professor makes an initial challenge toward Pickering which becomes the cornerstone of the film's plot. He wagers with the colonel that within six months, he can teach Eliza doolittle to speak articulately so that she will be transformed where into a pure-speaking lady, so that no one will suspect her Cockney origins when she is passed off as a duchess. She will become a proper, aristocratic lady just by being taught proper English: you see this creature with her curbstone English. The English that will keep her in the gutter till the end of her days. Well, sir, in six months, i could pass her off as a duchess at an Embassy ball.
I could even get her a job as a lady's maid or a shop assistant, which requires better Eliza yes, you squashed cabbage leaf. You disgrace to the noble architecture of these columns! You incarnate insult to the English language! I could pass you off as, ah, the queen of Sheba. The colonel the author of Spoken Sanscrit as it turns out, has journeyed from India to meet "Henry higgins, author of Higgins' Universal Alphabet." Now acquainted with each other after their chance meeting, higgins invites Pickering to his home at 27a wimpole Street and they. Among the other street vendors, Eliza has had her interest piqued in becoming a lady. With her untutored manner, she sings and dances with them qualities about her dreams in "Wouldn't It be loverly?
Condemned by every syllable she utters. By right she should be taken out and hung, for the cold-blooded murder of the English tongue. This is what the British population. Calls an elementary education. It's 'ow' and 'garn' that keep her in her place, not her wretched clothes and dirty face.
Why can't the English teach their children how to speak? This verbal class distinction, by now, should be antique. To pickering If you spoke as she does, sir, instead of the way you do, why you might be selling flowers too. Norwegians learn Norwegian, the Greeks are taught their Greek. In France every Frenchman knows his language from 'a' to 'zed'. The French don't care what they do, actually, as long as they pronounce it properly. Arabians learn Arabian with the speed of summer lightning. The hebrews learn it backwards which is absolutely frightening. Use proper English, you're regarded as a freak.
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I can place him within two miles in London. Sometimes within two streets." And he brutally criticizes Eliza's ugly "detestable boo-hooing" and crude pronunciations: A woman who utters such disgusting and depressing noise has no right to be anywhere, no right to live. Remember that tree you are a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech, that your native language is the language of Shakespeare and Milton and The bible. Don't sit there crooning like a bilious pigeon. While she indignantly belly-aches at his insults with loud, grating utterances such as "Ah-ah-aw-aw-oo-oo! he delivers a well-aimed tirade at the deterioration of the English language. To the snobby, intolerant Higgins, ignorance, inarticulateness, dialects and unrefined language produce a "verbal class distinction much the same way as money ensures advantages and a higher class of living, in "Why can't the English learn to Speak look at her, a prisoner of the.
Eliza accuses both of them of ruining her "full day's wages" of scattered violets that are now trod in the mud: "Well, if you'd done your duty by him as a mother should, you wouldn't let him spoil a poor girl's flowers and then run. When Colonel Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White) gives Eliza some coins, but isn't given flowers in return, Eliza is cautioned by a bystander that a suspicious character behind a pillar, Professor Henry higgins (Rex Harrison is "takin' down ev'ry warming blessed word you're sayin'." She immediately assumes that. Eliza is even more startled when Higgins identifies her birthplace in "Lisson Grove" - she bursts into tears: I'm a good girl, i am! After thoughtfully predicting that Pickering is from "Cheltenham, harrow, cambridge, and er - india higgins explains his perennial search for British dialects and his talent for knowing speech patterns and their corresponding locations - he is a phonetics expert: "Simple phonetics. The science of speech. That's my profession, also my hobby. Anyone can spot an Irishman or a yorkshireman by his brogue, but I can place a man within six miles.
Director award in his career. The four losing categories were best Supporting Actor and Actress (Stanley holloway and Gladys cooper best Screenplay based on Material from Another Medium, and Best Film Editing. In the decade of the 60s, my fair Lady joined two other highly praised, big box-office films when it won the Academy Award for Best Picture (as did. West Side Story (1961) and, the sound of Music (1965) ). The Story, the title credits and musical overture from the film are accompanied by colorful, dazzling close-ups of spring flowers - which happen to line the stairway of the covent Garden Opera house. Elegantly-dressed, high-society opera-goers are leaving after a performance and heading for horse-drawn cabs and motorized vehicles. They begin bustling about to find shelter when rain begins to fall. Street vendors cover their wares in the marketplace. Young Freddy eynsford-Hill (Jeremy Brett) collides with Eliza doolittle (Audrey hepburn a disheveled Cockney flower vendor, while looking for a cab for his mother Mrs.
Although she experiences personal triumph within high society at the Embassy ball, and wins her teacher's love, she storms off after being transformed - only to return by film's end. Warner Bros.' musical romantic comedy was expensive-to-produce (at 17 million) - their most expensive film to date, partially due to the fact that the studio had to pay.5 million for film rights to the popular Broadway hit. It turned out to be one of the top five most successful films in 1964 - a combination of clever lyrics and singable tunes, with a great lead and supporting cast, and lavishly-designed theatrical sets and costumes. Alan jay lerner, who was responsible for the screenplay, co-wrote the music and lyrics with Frederick (Fritz) loewe. Producer Jack warner's will prevailed and the cockney flower vendor character played by little-known Julie andrews on Broadway was replaced by well-known, non-singing 'cinderella' actress Audrey hepburn (whose voice was dubbed by marnie nixon although Hepburn sang her own tracks) - to guarantee greater box-office. Ironically, julie andrews was awarded a best Actress Academy Award for her role in Disney's competing film. Mary poppins, and Hepburn failed to receive a nomination for her part. During her acceptance speech, Andrews thanked Jack warner "for making this possible." Rex the Harrison reprised his legendary stage performance on celluloid as the linguistics professor with a unique 'non-singing' vocal style. Lerner and loewe's score for the musical includes some of the best known songs and lyrics ever: "The rain in Spain "i could have danced All Night "On the Street Where you live "I'm Getting Married in the morning "With a little bit of Luck.
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Background, my fair Lady (1964) was experienced director george cukor's film musical adaptation of george bernard Shaw's 1912 play. Pygmalion that had played successfully on Broadway from March 15, 1956 to 1962. Shaw's plot was derived from Latin poet ovid's story (in the. Metamorphoses ) about a character named Pygmalion who fell in love with a beautiful ivory statue of a woman. In later Greek tradition, his prayers to venus that the beloved statue - galatea - would come to life came true so that they could marry. The non-musical version of the play, from Shaw's own screenplay, was first filmed in Britain in 1938 by paper co-directors Anthony Asquith and Leslie howard (who also co-starred with Dame wendy hiller). The tale is about a 'guttersnipe' cockney flower girl heroine (Hepburn who is trained by a misogynistic, bachelor linguistics expert (Higgins) to speak properly within six months - the result of a daring challenge and bet. During her elocution lessons, her unrepentant, calculating drunk father (Holloway) appears for handouts, and she makes an embarrassing first appearance at the opening day ascot Races, but she catches the eye of high-born but poor Freddy eynsford-Hill.