Abe Vigoda, 1921–2016.
5 / 5
Brilliant, witty, My Fair Lady is an outstanding musical and arguably the best romantic comedy, ever.
Not to be missed: Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison at the height of their powers, the influential costume designs by Cecil Beaton, the memorable and oft-referenced score by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, along with a subtle and nuanced ending far better than could have been imagined by George Bernard Shaw, himself. As a minor point, the people in charge of the film should have used Audrey Hepburn’s singing voice instead of Marni Nixon’s. As Hepburn wasn’t going to beat Julie Andrews’ Mary Poppins for the Oscar for Best Actress—Hepburn wasn’t even nominated that year, and as fans of the musical still prefer Andrews’ voice to Marni Nixon’s, Hepburn should have been allowed to retain her pride and dignity through the use of her more modest singing voice.
Jack Warner Trivia:
- When director George Cukor demanded reshoots, Jack Warner had the sets torn down.
- After seeing the first rough cut of the film, Jack Warner rose and then silently bowed to Rex Harrison.
- When it was revealed that Audrey Hepburn was not nominated for an Oscar, Jack Warner and George Cukor angrily protested.
5 / 5
Despite the international popular acclaim for Rashomon, Ikiru, Throne of Blood, Seven Samurai, Kagemusha, Ran, and even Gojira, the Tokyo Story remains the greatest Japanese film ever made. It’s a simple and slow-paced film, the type many of the more aggressive film critics of today would condemn it for being languid and indulgent, just as they had condemned Lost in Translation for being slown. But slowness isn’t a sin, and especially not for Yasujiro Ozu film.