Saturday, December 29, 2012
Restored 70mm print!
Winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Actor, George Cukor’s magnificent film version of Lerner and Lowe’s Broadway triumph may have been made at the end of Hollywood’s golden age of musicals, but it certainly doesn’t lack for luster. Controversially cast non-singer Audrey Hepburn gives a now-beloved performance as the Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle who becomes the pet project of highfalutin elocution professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison). The glorious song score—one of the best ever composed for Broadway— includes “The Rain in Spain,” “On the Street Where You Live” and the immortal “I Could Have Danced All Night.” Painstakingly restored in 1994 by film restoration wizards Robert Harris and James Katz (the team responsible for similar restorations of Spartacus, Lawrence of Arabia and Vertigo), we are pleased to present this rare 70mm screening of My Fair Lady from Mr. Harris’ own personal 70mm print. Print courtesy of Academy Film Archive.