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My Fair Lady (1964)
An excellent and informing review! Read it!
"My Fair Lady" is about a young woman in London in the early 1900s. She sells flowers in the streets, dresses very shabbily, and talks with a horrible cockney accent. (Eliza Doolittle, played in the movie by Audrey Hepburn, but when it first came out on Broadway, it was played by Julie Andrews- Julie was Maria in The Sound of Music and the Queen in The Princess Diaries.) One evening, after a ball, a professor of English, Henry Higgins, hears her talking and (after singing one of the many songs about how "The French speak French, the Greek are taught their Greek, so why can't the English learn to speak?") wagers with his friend that he can pass her off as a lady in a florist shop, or a Duchess at the Embassey ball, by teaching her to speak proper British. Henry Higgins is played by Rex Harrison, who starred in the first movie version of Dr. Doolittle. So Higgins takes her into his home and dresses her properly and tries to teach her a good accent. It's very funny, for some of the many things in the movie: before the ball, they take Eliza to the Ascot races, and although she speaks with a faked proper accent, she has terrible grammar, and she says things like how after her Aunt died -from too much rum- someone "pinched" her new straw hat that was to have been willed to her- and all of Professor Higgins's friends think her conversation is perfectly charming and the latest fashion, Higgins is mortified, of course. And then, in the middle of the race, everyone is perfectly quiet and elegant watching the horses, and no one says a word. Except for Eliza, who shouts out, "come on, Dover, move your blooming a*r*s*e !" and then some of the fine ladies faint. :) They take her to the ball in the most stunning dress ever, she doesn't do anything wrong at all, the Queen stops in the middle of the procession down the hall to tell her she's perfectly charming, and the prince dances with her!!! He's so handsome! :) When they come home after the ball, she starts crying because she realizes -what is she going to do now? She can't live with Henry Higgins once her training is complete, think how the neighbors would gossip! :) And she can't work in a "florist shop" as Higgins said at first now, because she has become so fine and people would recognize her- although it is more respectable to work in a fine florist shop than to sell flower bunches in the street, it is a position less than a lady who doesn't have to work and goes to balls with princes. But it has a happy ending- although not said, it is intimated at the very last, despite Higgins singing two songs about how terrible and unorganized women are, and how he would never marry, that they get married and live happily ever after. The End. :) It's a lovely cute movie, it's happy, and has some of the most famous songs in it. Here's some clips of it, listen to them!
http://www.amazon.com/exec /obidos/tg/detail/-/B000002 AW2/qid=1125605575/sr=2-1/r ef=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-4008246-2626449?v=glance&s=music
You'll like them, and it will make you want to watch the movie.