Directed by George Cukor
Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, based upon “My Fair Lady” by Alan Jay Lerner, and “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw
Starring Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Stanley Holloway
Lessons – life is lessons. As this project has been my life in so many ways for a good five years, it stands to reason this Project is lessons. The primary? Immediate plaudits – worldly rewards, you might say – do not last. The Oscars themselves are proof of this. Though you can win one and think you’ve really become something special, the reality is that all you’re left with is a hunk of gold-plated britannium. And the gold? It’s barely on there.
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Eerily prescient of the lunacy infecting the national discourse. Yes, it’s funny, but also sad the characters are far less absurd — and therefore more believable — these days than they were in 1964.
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
Starring George C. Scott and Karl Malden
Written by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North
Patton, the film, like the man, is a curious oddity. Whereas war movies that came before it were usually rather jingoistic and made dying for one’s country a heroic act – think John Wayne in Green Berets – Patton makes clear that dying for one’s country is idiotic. Losers die for their country, we are told; winners make the other guy die for his country. It might be a conceit that’s pretty standard nowadays but at the time it must have been a watershed idea. Continue reading