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Pygmalion

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"Smartly produced, this makes an excellent job of transcribing George Bernard Shaw, retaining all the key lines and giving freshness to the theme... Leslie Howard's performance is excellent in its comedy. It's vital and at times dominating. Wendy Hiller carries off a difficult part faultlessly."
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A film by Anthony Asquith

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Director: Anthony Asquith
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1938
Runtime: 92 mins
Genre: Comedy Romance

Adapted for the screen by George Bernard Shaw from his original hit play, Pygmalion tells the story of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins before they got the Lerner and Loewe treatment.

After the lovely but low-class flower-seller Eliza Doolittle (Wendy Hiller in her star-making role) meets Professor Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard) her life changes forever. Having wagered his friend Colonel Pickering that he can change the cockney-accented street urchin into a proper lady of society, the pompous Higgins begins a series of lessons on elocution, posture and grooming, treating the young Eliza like a laboratory rat in his grand social experiment. But will it be too late before he realises that she is a woman, too?

Nominated for four Oscars® including Best Picture, Anthony Asquith's retelling of the timeless tale of romance, humanity and acceptance is a modern-day classic.

Special Features
  • Audio commentary by Dr. Brian McFarlane, Honorary Associate Professor, Monash University and Visiting Professor (Film Studies) at the University of Hull, UK.
  • Original audio interview with lead actress Dame Wendy Hiller, recorded in July 1991 at her home in Beaconsfield, UK.

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