Before there was 50 Shades of Grey, there was Pygmalion. In the original Greek myth (and I’m kind of paraphrasing here), Pygmalion was a sculptor who created a beautiful woman out of ivory and promptly fell in love with the sculpture (if that doesn’t out-kink Christian Grey, I don’t know what will!). Aphrodite took pity on the dude and brought the ivory sculpture to life and they lived happily ever after.
Well, of course, the idea of a man creating the perfect woman caught on like hotcakes and there were various versions of it over the years. The modern era’s most famous version of the story is the musical My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. What a lot of people don’t know, based on comments I’ve read, is that the musical was based on Pygmalion, a play by George Bernard Shaw that was first publicly performed in 1913.
Fortunately for the Glam Pack, the 1938 film of Pygmalion, starring Leslie Howard as the arrogant language professor Henry Higgins and Wendy Hiller as Eliza Doolittle the “guttersnipe” flower girl who is the subject of a bet as to whether he can pass her off as a duchess or not, is in the public domain and free for us to watch during our Saturday Night at the Movies!
You can watch Pygmalion on YouTube here if the player doesn’t work
or download Pygmalion from the Internet Archive.
Pygmalion movie poster courtesy of Empire1000 on Photobucket.