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Issue: Summer, 2002

Pygmalion movie review

A young street vendor, Eliza Doolittle, offers to pay a vocal expert, Professor Henry Higgins, to teach her to speak well enough for her to get a job in a shop. The expert and a friend make a bet, can he teach her so well that she can pass for an upper-class lady?

Inspired by the classic story of Pygmalion by Ovid in which a sculptor who had no time for real women, fell in love with one of his own statues, a statue that Venus then brought to life for him.

In this version, the clay to be molded is a young girl (Wendy Hiller) and the modeller is a professor (Leslie Howard) and his friend Colonel George Pickering (Scott Sunderland).

Movie poster, Pgymalion; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Pygmalion

Based on the George Bernard Shaw play, Pygmalion is a clever and well-performed story of a mentor who fails to respect his pupil, and a love that seems impossible. This is the original of the well-known musical My Fair Lady, and inspired She's All That .

An enjoyable film, and a wonderful chance to see people such as the great Wendy Hiller in their youth.
Available on DVD.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 1938
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Title: Pygmalion (1938)
Written by:George Bernard Shaw (play, scenario and dialogue) (as Bernard Shaw), W.P. Lipscomb (scenario) and Cecil Lewis (scenario), Ian Dalrymple uncredited and Anatole de Grunwald uncredited, Kay Walsh additional dialogue (uncredited)
Directed by: Anthony Asquith Leslie Howard
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The Players: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson

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