Over the next several weeks Rialto Cinemas will be celebrating the anniversaries of three important classic movies, starting with fiftieth anniversary of “My Fair Lady.” Audrey Hepburn plays Eliza Doolittle, a poor cockney flower girl who is the subject of a bet between Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) and Colonel Pickering (Wilfred Hyde-White). Higgins believes that, with proper training, Eliza can pass herself off as a member of high society. “My Fair Lady” has great characters, great cinematography and a fantastic score by Lerner and Loewe featuring such unforgettable songs as “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?, “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” The movie won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Music.
This newly-restored print will be accompanied by a ten-minute featurette, “The Fairest Fair Lady,” giving a behind-the-scenes view of how “My Fair Lady” was made.
“My Fair Lady” will be shown at the Cerrito at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, and at the Elmwood at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18 and again at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19. You can get tickets at the box office or on line through the Cerrito or Elmwood web site.
In November Rialto will feature “Oklahoma!” for its sixtieth anniversary and “Fantasia” for its seventy-fifth anniversary. We will send more information as the dates for these movies get closer.