My Fair Lady / Roman Hoiday/ Breakfast At Tiffany (DVD)

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Barcode
6009709161214
Department
Movies & TV
Released
24 May 2018
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Number of Discs
3
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
My Fair Lady
Release Year
1964
Running Time
172 min
Language
English
Categories
Musical & Performing Arts / Musicals / Classic / Essential Cinema / Gentry / Period Piece / Rags To Riches / Recommended / Romance / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
A priceless classic, MY FAIR LADY has become one of the most popular musicals of all time. Based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play PYGMALION, the film swept the Academy Awards. Cecil Beaton's lavish sets and costumes and Lerner and Loewe's winning score became the background for George Cukor's striking mix of styles that ranged from the fantastic to the abstract in his telling of the tale of a waif who's educated into being a lady. Egotistical linguist Professor Henry Higgins (Oscar-winning Rex Harrison) bets his friend, Colonel Hugh Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White), that he can transform Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) in time for an important society ball. His gamble could pay off--but the spirited Eliza is more of a handful than the Professor could have predicted. As she slowly becomes more refined, and less reliant upon him, Higgins realizes, to his confusion, that he can't live without her. The film was nominated for 12 Oscars and won eight, including Best Picture and Director.
Notes
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.
Cast & Crew
Director
George Cukor
Star
Rex Harrison / Audrey Hepburn / Theodore Bikel / Jeremy Brett / Gladys Cooper / Henry Daniell / Isobel Elsom / Stanley Holloway / Wilfrid Hyde-White / Mona Washbourne
Composer
Frederick Loewe
Producer
Jack L. Warner
Director of Photography
Harry Stradling
Editor
William Ziegler
Costume Designer
Cecil Beaton
Story
George Bernard Shaw
Music Director
André Previn
Set Designer
George James Hopkins
Art Director
Gene Allen
Choreographer
Hermes Pan
Lyricist
Alan Jay Lerner
Featured
Marjorie Bennett / Betty Blythe / Walter Burke / Colin Campbell / Maurice Dallimore / Monika Henreid / John Holland / Laurie Main / John McLiam / John Mitchum / Alan Napier / Patrick O'Moore / Barbara Pepper / Dinah Anne Rogers / Grady Sutton / William Taylor / James Wood / Ben Wright
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"...One of the most joyous musicals ever written....Cukor's film is a pleasure to behold..."
Roger Ebert (23 Sep 1994, p.40)
New York Times
"...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]..."
Janet Maslin (21 Sep 1994, p.C13)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Picture
Winner: 1964
Best Director
Winner: 1964 - George Cukor
Best Actor
Winner: 1964 - Rex Harrison
Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Winner: 1964 - André Previn
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Winner: 1964
Best Cinematography
Winner: 1964 - Harry Stradling
Best Costume Design (Color)
Winner: 1964
Best Sound
Winner: 1964

Movie

Title
Roman Holiday
Release Year
1953
Running Time
118 min
Language
English
Color
B&W
Categories
Comedies / Essential Cinema / On-The-Road / Recommended / Reporters / Romance / Theatrical Release / Vintage
Synopsis
This classic romantic comedy introduced Audrey Hepburn to audiences as a modern-day princess. Stifled by her royal entourage on a trip to Rome, Hepburn's Princess Ann escapes to explore the Italian city on her own. While incognito, she falls in love with an American newspaperman, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck). When Bradley learns of Ann's true identity, he finds himself torn between following his nose for news--and turning her into a big story--or the growing affections of his heart. A hit in 1953, ROMAN HOLIDAY won Hepburn an Academy Award for Best Actress, and was also notable for its Oscar-winning story by then-blacklisted Dalton Trumbo (credited as Ian McLellan Hunter).
Notes
ROMAN HOLIDAY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999.

Blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo originally could not claim the credit for "Story." The Academy Award went to Ian McLellan Hunter, who was fronting for Trumbo. McLellan was in the meantime hiding out in Mexico--avoiding a House subpoena-- and did not attend the ceremony to accept the award in person.

Academy Award Nominations: 10, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay.

Academy Awards: 3, including Best Actress-Audrey Hepburn, Best Motion Picture story.
Cast & Crew
Director
William Wyler
Star
Audrey Hepburn / Eddie Albert / Paolo Carlini / Tullio Carminati / Gregory Peck / Hartley Power / Margaret Rawlings / Harcourt Williams
Screenwriter
John Dighton / Ian McLellan Hunter / Dalton Trumbo
Composer
Georges Auric
Producer
William Wyler
Director of Photography
Henri Alekan / Franz Planer
Editor
Robert W. Swink
Art Director
Hal Pereira / Walter Tyler
Movie Critics
Total Film
"[Hepburn is] still enormously popular, fondly remembered for her elegant, effortless warmth on screen."
Matt Mueller (1 Mar 2004, p.7)
USA Today
"Wistful HOLIDAY remains one of the most popular films by director William Wyler, a three-time Oscar winner."
Mike Clark (5 Oct 2004, p.3D)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Actress
Winner: 1953 - Audrey Hepburn
Best Costume Design (b&w)
Winner: 1953 - Edith Head
Best Motion Picture Story
Winner: 1953 - Dalton Trumbo

Movie

Title
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Release Year
1961
Running Time
114 min
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / Essential Cinema / Love Story / Romance / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
Blake Edwards's adaptation of Truman Capote's classic novella is ideally cast with Audrey Hepburn in the role of Holly Golightly. The free-spirited gamine darts about New York, feted by wealthy men drawn to her megawatt charm and elegance, hoping that the party will never end. After "shopping" in front of Tiffany's window, she meets aspiring writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard), and they begin a platonic friendship. "Sponsored" by an older woman (Patricia Neal) whose interest in the young man is more than literary, he can identify with her experience better than most, taking it upon himself to protect her from the worst aspects of city life. But she seems to need little protection from such friends as incarcerated mob boss Sally Tomato (Alan Reed), who pays her to carry messages to Sing Sing. With her infectious joi de vivre, she helps Paul break through a paralyzing case of writer's block. But when the genial Doc Golightly (Buddy Ebsen) appears in New York in search of Holly, the sources of her gossamer lifestyle suddenly become clearer. Edwards's lighter-than-air romantic comedy, set in a fantasy New York, rides on the irresistible charm of Hepburn at her peak, as well as a memorable score by Henry Mancini. Although George Axelrod's screenplay is as different from the original story as George Peppard is from the young Capote, the film succeeds on its own terms.
Notes
The film was changed extensively from Capote's novel, in which the character of Paul Varjack (played by George Peppard onscreen) was gay.
Cast & Crew
Director
Blake Edwards
Star
Audrey Hepburn / Martin Balsam / Buddy Ebsen / John McGiver / Patricia Neal / George Peppard / Mickey Rooney
Screenwriter
George Axelrod
Source Writer
Truman Capote / Author: Truman Capote
Composer
Henry Mancini
Director of Photography
Franz Planer
Editor
Howard A. Smith
Costume Designer
Edith Head
Movie Critics
New York Times
"[T]he 1961 Audrey Hepburn classic....There is no denying the charm and grace of her performance, nor the exquisite cut of her Givenchy wardrobe."
Dave Kehr (14 Feb 2006, p.E3)
Sight and Sound
"...Ravishing..."
Geoffrey Macnab (1 Jan 2001, p.63)
Total Film
"...BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S still exerts an enduring charm, not least because of the poise and waif-like beauty of the bewitching Hepburn..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Tom Dawson (1 Mar 2001, p.98)
USA Today
"...[The film] remains one of the most attractive screen portraits of New York City from the early '60s..."
Mike Clark (8 Oct 1999, p.12E)
Widescreen Review
"[Hepburn stars as] a dazzling and stylish young woman whose life is both mysterious and charming, yet heartbreaking."
Danny Richelieu (1 Apr 2006, p.62)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Original Score
Winner: 1961 - Henry Mancini
Best Original Song
Winner: 1961 - Henry Mancini
Best Original Song
Winner: 1961 - Johnny Mercer