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Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller star in Anthony Asquith's and Leslie Howard's classic version of George Bernard Shaw's satiric comedy. Henry Higgins (Howard) is an upper class phonetics professor who encounters low-class guttersnipe Eliza Doolittle (Hiller) and bets his friend Colonel Pickering (Scott Sunderland) that he can pass her off as a duchess within three months. Pickering accepts Higgins' bet, with Eliza readily agreeing to the proposal, since she will get to live in Higgins' fancy home.
Jan 1, 1938 Wide
Sep 19, 2000
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Prof. Henry Higgins
Count Aristid Karpat...
Mrs. Eynsford Hill
Grand old lady
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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.
Above all, the film is remarkable in that it strengthens rather than dilutes Shaw's insistence on language as the vital instrument of power and oppression.
There's something special about this first English film version of George Bernard Shaw's play, before it became a musical
This authorized version is the most successful adaptation of George B Shaw to the big screen, one that maintains the text's acerbic wit and droll humor and is splendidly acted by Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in Oscar-nominated performances.
Embora não tenha o mesmo charme da versão realizada em 1964 (My Fair Lady), este filme conta com uma atuação inesquecível da dupla central (especialmente Hiller) e com os ótimos diálogos de Shaw.
Brilliant film version of the Shaw play.
Leslie Howard strikes the perfect note as the super-efficient Professor Higgins.
the film ultimately wins your heart not because of the social lessons it offers, but because of the truthfulness of its human relationships
...not only the best movie adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw play, but one of the most enduring social comedies of all time.
Like My Fair Lady, Pygmalion has been falsely perceived as a romantic comedy...But Pygmalion does let one get closer to the truth; that it's really a biting social satire...
Pygmalion (1938) is the non-musical film version of George Bernard Shaw's 1912 stage play, a socio-economic drama based on the Cinderella story,
Shaw's magnificent comedy, a 1913 stage smash, was never better served than here, with Howard and Hiller perfectly matched as thoroughly mismatched lovers.
Audience Reviews for Pygmalion
- Count Aristid Karpathy: Because Doolittle is an English name and she is not English.
- Prof. Henry Higgins: Oh.
- Duchess: But she speaks it perfectly.
- Count Aristid Karpathy: Too perfectly. Can you show me any Englishwoman who speaks English as it should be spoken, there is no such thing. The English do not now how to speak their own language, only foreigners who have been taught to speak it speak it well.
- Prof. Henry Higgins: Yes, there's something in that.
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