miércoles, 5 de enero de 2011

So loverly

I think I need like... 1500 words more, aproximately, so I'll write a reeeally long entry. I'll try to get the larger number of words possible, so I'll probably start rambling. That's why it would be better if you didn't read this. It's going to be boring. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Today I feel like talking about this amazing film: My Fair Lady. Directed by George Cukor and starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.

This film takes place in London in 1912 and tells the story of Eliza Doolitle, a poor flower seller young woman who comes across Henry Higgins, a misogynistic, arrogant and famous professor of phonetics.
The professor Higgins boasts jokingly to a new acquaintance of his (Colonel Pickering) that he can even make a flower girl like her with such a strong cockney accent pass as a Duchess at the embassy ball.
Eliza, who wants to have a better life working at a shop (for which she needs to use a better English) and not selling flowers on the street, goes the next day to Higgins' house to ask him for speech lessons. At first, Higgins refuses, but Colonel Pickering reminds him of what said the day before and they make a bet: in four months he is to teach Eliza to talk like an upper-class person and take her to the embassy ball without being found out her true origins.

I watched this film with my friend G, and he told me he thought it was kind of sexist because of what Higgins says about women. Certainly, Higgins doesn't think very highly of women and he leaves no doubt about it when he complains “why can't a woman be more like a man?” or when he declares that he prefers “a new edition of the Spanish Inquisition than to ever let a woman in my life”. But that's not the message the film wants to transmit at all. (From now on this will contain spoilers, so if you haven't watched the film and want to see the end yourself, better stop reading)

In the end, when Higgins goes to her mother's house looking for Eliza and she refuses to go back to his house with him, Higgins is proud of her. Seeing her as someone who has become sufficient and independent -even if he still declares that it is his merit- he tells her “I like you more this way”. And in the last scene, even if she goes back to his house, Eliza isn't dependent of him nor of Fredy, whom she told the professor she was going to marry but doesn't.

As I said before, I think My Fair Lady is a great film which has wonderful actors. Audrey Hepburn has been my favourite actress ever since I watched her there and I've seen a couple of films more which I also like. And I also like Rex Harrison, although I still have to watch more of his films, he makes a perfect professor Higgins. And I completely love the relationship between Eliza and the professor. I love that Eliza makes her way to Higgins' difficult heart. And that he doesn't want to admit even to himself that he has come to think of the young woman as someone precious, saying that he has just “grown accustomed to her face”. Must be my tsundere fetish (tsundere is a Japanese word that describes a person who is emotional but hides it, and may feel one way but act the other. What can I say? Otakus will be otakus)

Another thing I like it's the different accents they show in the film and the upper-class way of talking. I just love it, it's so pompous! (How ghastly! I know) And, of course, the songs.

Well, this is more than 600 words and it's 4 in the morning, so I guess it's enough for tonight. I'm going to sleep. Although first I need to go to the bathroom... "Where the devil are my slippers?"
Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, “Where have I gone wrong?” Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.” - Charles M. Schulz

1 comentario:

  1. Tsundere is a great word and interesting concept : DD. Like it, as well as your entry (L)