My Fair Lady

The songsmith duo of Lerner and Loewe are back six years after Gigi, their first best picture winner. Director George Cuckor’s adaptation of their stage musical began as an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion. The story centers around Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) a poor Cockney flower girl and the arrogant phonetics professor … Continue reading My Fair Lady

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Tom Jones

During the early 1960s American began emerging from its stiff 1950s homogeneous façade into a counterculture unafraid to let it all hang out. I suggest to you that these seeds had perhaps always been there under the surface (“nothing new under the sun”) but were deeply buried beneath values motivated by keeping up appearances. As … Continue reading Tom Jones

Gigi

Over the course of The Oscar Project I have watched films dating all the way back to the 1920s. The world has changed a lot since then. Some of these films have provided striking moments of racial insensitivity and misogyny. Sometimes it’s obvious like a guy singing and dancing in blackface (The Great Ziegfeld, 1936). … Continue reading Gigi