My Fair Lady (1964)
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Directed by: George Cukor
Starring: Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn, Stanley Holloway, Gladys Cooper, Wilfrid Hyde-White
My Fair Lady ranked # 91 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
My Fair Lady is a 1964 film directed by George Cukor and starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.
The film is an adaptation of the stage musical, My Fair Lady, as well as the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.
The film was the winner of numerous Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Harrison) and Best Director (Cukor). It is ranked #91 on the American Film Institute list of the greatest American movies of all time.
It was photographed in Super Panavision 70 by Harry Stradling, earning him an Academy Award for Best Color Cinematography.
It was assumed the lead role in the film would go to Julie Andrews, who had played Eliza in the stage version. Hepburn was cast, despite lobbying from Lerner, because Jack Warner of Warner Brothers wanted a big box office star. The casting controversy hurt Hepburn's career, painting her in a negative light (although Elizabeth Taylor reportedly fought long and hard for the role as well).
Andrews' subsequent Academy Award for Mary Poppins - and the lack of a nomination for Hepburn - was seen by many as vindication for Julie Andrews, though both actresses denied that there was ever any animosity between them.
The head of CBS put up the money for the original Broadway production in exchange for the rights to the cast album (through Columbia Records). When Warner bought the film rights for the then-unprecedented sum of $5 million, it was agreed that the rights to the film would revert to CBS seven years after its release.
Warner owned the film's original copyright, but it was renewed by CBS due to the 1972 rights reversion. Currently, Warner owns the DVD rights to the film (under license from CBS), while CBS corporate cousin King World now owns the television rights.
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