Category Archives: Flicky Friday

Picky Flicks Pick: My Fair Lady

 

my fair lady

(1964)

Fun tidbit c/o www.imdb.com: Although playing a 19-year-old, Audrey Hepburn was actually 35 in real life. Jeremy Brett (30) was cast as 20-year-old Freddie so Hepburn would not seem too old in comparison.

If you’ve somehow managed to miss this “loverly” tale (or it’s been a while) of a guttersnipe cockney flower-girl who morphs into a princess just by learning to speak proper English (from a crotchety, misogynistic linguist who is thrice her age!), you owe it to yourself to hunt it down TODAY. The costumes are gorgeous, the set designs amazing, the acting perfection, and the songs infectious.  No wonder My Fair Lady won 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (though, sadly, no Best Actress for Audrey Hepburn). 

In a film stuffed with memorable scenes, my favorite remains the moment when a newly tamed and dignified Eliza Doolittle is provoked by a slow horse at an Ascot race to break out of her prim and proper character and bawl: “Come on, Dover, move your bloomin’ a***!!!” (There are three asterisks instead of two because she uses the British version).  Please try to avoid imbibing any liquids during this line because they will shoot out your nose, and it won’t be loverly at all.

I hope the rest of your Friday is fabulous.  Mine will be spent cleaning, cooking, exercise-instructing…and singing (you think I could actually recommend My Fair Lady and not end up humming bars of “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Just You Wait” all. day. long.?)

I wonder if I could write an entire post in Cockney? That’d be Robin Hood (puh-lease click this link, and happy browsing!), eh, gov’na?!

Go here to read my full review (includes more detailed content information, a critical consensus, and web smileys!!).

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Picky Flicks Pick: The Young Victoria

Wow.

Ever have one of those days where you feel like you’ve got about 30 seconds to get to the next thing and then the next thing after that…even if you didn’t plan for that happen?

Yeah, that was today—unexpectedly and ridiculously full.

So, I’ll have to hold off on my Five Things I promised yesterday, but I did want to offer you a movie recommendation for your weekend. 

young victoria

A couple of fun and funky tidbits, courtesy of www.imdb.com: 1) The very tall green bed that appears in the film cost £25,000 (*mouth drops open in shock/horror*) to build. The Duke and Duchess of Rutland, owners of Belvoir Castle, purchased it after filming, and 2) The floppy mesh bonnet Emily Blunt wears in the garden is the same one Rosamund Pike wears in Meryton when she learns Mr. Bingley has returned to Netherfield in Pride & Prejudice, Catherine Walker wears in the garden with Catherine in Northanger Abbey, and an extra wears at church in Becoming Jane (now that’s a bonnet!).

The Young Victoria (the title refers, of course, to Victoria, queen of England) is an example of a period piece done right, filled with romance, drama, tales of political/royal intrigue, and enough corsets to make it hard to breathe just watching it.  It succeeds, in no small part, because of a star turn by the always-talented Emily Blunt and the genuine chemistry that exists between Blunt and her floppy-haired costar Rubert Friend (who plays Prince Albert). 

If you’re a fan of extravagant costumes (all hail the poofy skirt!), lush, green countryside, and crisp, British accents, this one’s for you!

Go here to read my full review (includes more detailed content information, a critical consensus, and web smileys!!).

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Mine will be filled with Body Combat launch (pics to come on Move-it Monday!), projects, singing on the worship team at church, and (hopefully…hopefully) naps.

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