Cinema: Old Show, New Trick

Pygmalion (Gabriel Pascal) is Bernard Shaw's famed comedy about the transformation of a Cockney flower girl into a lady by a phonetics expert; the simultaneous transformation of the phonetics expert into a human being by the flower girl. As the first authorized, full-length screen version of a play by the world's No. 1 living dramatist, Pygmalion could scarcely have avoided being important. It could easily have avoided being good. As produced by Gabriel Pascal and acted by Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard, it is not merely good but practically perfect.

Pygmalion delighted both...

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