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My Fair Lady [DVD] [] [1996] [1 disc] [Region 1]

  • G
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical release: October 21, 1964. Filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios. One of the most expensive musicals ever, the estimated budget was $17 million. Jack Warner reportedly paid $5.5 million to the Shaw estate for the rights to the musical; additionally, the owners of the stage property were to receive 47.5% of all proceeds after the first $20 million. The Broadway musical MY FAIR LADY was staged by Moss Hart, produced by Herman Levin, and starred Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, and Stanley Holloway. Warner didn't want to cast Julie Andrews in the film because she wasn't known enough in the U.S. at the time. Vincente Minelli was the studio's first choice for director. MY FAIR LADY was named Best Film by the New York Film Critics and one of the 10 Best Films of the Year by the National Board of Review. Marni Nixon, who dubbed Audrey Hepburn's singing voice, had previously dubbed Natalie Wood's singing voice in WEST SIDE STORY and Deborah Kerr's in THE KING AND I. Many speculated that Hepburn was passed over for an Academy Award nomination because she did not do her own singing. The voice for Jeremy Brett, who played Freddie Eynsford-Hill, was supplied by Bill Shirley. Dr. Peter Ladefoged from UCLA served as phonetics advisor. Actor Wilfrid Hyde-White served as "Ascot" advisor. Cecil Beaton's screen credit reads Costumes, Scenery, and Production Designer, which in actuality referred to his work for the stage version of MY FAIR LADY. For the film, he was responsible for Costumes, Makeup and Hair. George Bernard Shaw's straight play PYGMALION was adapted for the screen in 1938, starring Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller.

    Academy Awards Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) 1964
    Academy Awards Best Costume Design (Color) 1964
    Academy Awards Best Picture 1964
    Academy Awards Best Sound 1964
    Academy Awards Best Actor 1964 Rex Harrison British actor
    Academy Awards Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score 1964 Andr Previn Conductor/Composer
    Academy Awards Best Director 1964 George Cukor Oscar-winning American director, MY FAIR LADY
    Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1964 Harry Stradling Director Of Photography

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  • Credits
    Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn-Ruston, Rex Harrison, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Wilfrid Hyde White, Stanley Holloway, Jeremy Brett, Peter Jeremy Williams Huggins, Theodore Bikel, Gladys Cooper, Gladys Cooper, Henry Daniell, Isobel Elsom, Mona Washbourne
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Glorious....Features [Beaton's] astounding costumes, [Cukor's] stately direction, the best-loved, most hummable of all Broadway scores and a sublime cast headed by [Harrison and Hepburn]..."
    New York Times

    "...One of the most joyous musicals ever written....Cukor's film is a pleasure to behold..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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