My-Fair-Lady is the best movie, ever. Kinda.
Okay, it’s just nice to have a fun one pop up amongst some of these dreary overblown epics. This is just a beautiful, perfect film. The costumes are gorgeous, the set designs fantastic. The actors, spot on. The music’s pretty good, too. I know there was much controversy giving Audrey Hepburn the lead role over Julie Andrews but, Audrey is magical as Eliza. And I don’t think Julie would have looked half as good in those Cecil Beaton designed outfits.Although, whoever designed that weird faux-hawk hairdo the Audrey sports at the Embassy Ball should have been shot.
Hoky Smokes! they made a Barbie doll out of it.
Stanley Holloway is absolutely marvelous as scene stealer Alfred P. Doolittle. He really should have won the Best Supporting award, not Peter Ustinov. But this movie really,truly,and madly belongs to the one of greatest (and certainly the greatest Shavian) actors, ever: Rex Harrison. He *is* Henry Higgins.
Almost twenty five years ago I went to London and saw Mr. Harrison in the George Bernard Shaw play, Heartbreak House. Easily, one of my most treasured theater going experiences.
There’s some really great My Fair Lady trivia tidbits over at the IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058385/trivia.
What else was nominated in 1964? Who cares? The right one won for a change.
For dinner we moved our bloomin’ ass and had some Dover Sole.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat a sauté pan with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil to smoking. Coat the fish (1lb feeds 4 nicely) with some cracker crumbs (I used Trader Joe’s whole wheat crackers). Saute the filets about 1-2 minutes per side, until golden. Put the pan in the oven for about 4 minutes to finish the fish. For the sauce, melt 2 tablespoons butter until it starts to turn brown. Add the juice of 1 lemon and about a tablespoon of white wine and simmer for 2-3 minutes until thickened. Add about 1 tablespoon minced flat leaf parsley. Drizzle sauce over fish. I served this with some boiled new potatoes flavored with just a little bit of luck, er, paprika (to make it a little Hungarian too).
Lots of chocolates for us to eat: For dessert, I picked up some mini-chocolate cupcakes from, where else, Trader Joes. Loverly.
p.s. Tonight (October 3rd) is the season finale of one of my favorite TV shows <a href=”http://www.bravotv.com/Top_Chef/cast/dale/index.php”Top Chef. I met Top Chef’s Dale last Friday night: he’s a real sweetheart. Good luck, Dale on tonight’s finale! Go, Dale!