The film opens on one of Londonís crowded streets, gorgeously rendered in velvety blacks and whites by cinematographer Harry Stradling. These streets are the marketplace for garrulous gamine Eliza Doolittle (Wendy Hiller), who ekes out a living selling flowers to wealthy slummers. Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard) is one of these slummers, loitering among the lower classes to sharpen his skills at identifying peopleís home and history by their dialect. The Criterion Collection's new DVD release of Pygmalion allows us the opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with Anthony Asquith's excellent film version of George Bernard Shaw's classic play.
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