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See Learning Guide to "Pygmalion".
In England a person's accent has traditionally been a way by
which social status is determined. Those who speak with
certain accents have not been permitted to have good jobs and
cannot gain social acceptance. Henry Higgins accurately
describes the situation in the early 20th century. Accent and
diction still play a major role in determining social status.
Additional Discussion Questions:
Continued from the Learning Guide...
4. Does a person's accent really tell you anything about their character or their capacities? Suggested Response: A person's accent tells you nothing about them except perhaps where they grew up.
5. In what way do people in the U.S. classify others by the way they speak?
6. How have radio and television influenced the way in which we speak?
7. What did Eliza's father mean when he spoke of the "undeserving poor" and "middle class morality?"
Social-Emotional Learning Discussion Questions
1. What do you think about the way in which Henry Higgins treated Eliza?
2. At the end of the movie, should Eliza have gone back to Higgins and, if so, under what conditions?
3. What was the basis of the attraction between Eliza and Henry Higgins? Should Eliza have gone off with Freddie? After all, he adored her.
Discussion Questions Relating to Ethical Issues will facilitate the use of this film to teach ethical principles and critical viewing. Additional questions are set out below.
(Be kind; Be compassionate and show you care; Express gratitude; Forgive others; Help people in need)
[See discussion questions in the "Romantic Relationships" section above.]
Links to the Internet:
See Learning Guide to Pygmalion.
Selected Awards, Cast and Director:
Selected Awards: 1964 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Harrison),
Best Director (Cukor), Best Adapted Score, Best Art Direction/Set
Decoration (Color), Best Color Cinematography, Best Costume Design
(Color), Best Sound; 1965 British Academy Awards: Best Film; 1964
Directors Guild of America: Best Director (Cukor); 1965 Golden
Globe Awards: Best Film - Musical/Comedy, Best Actor -
Musical/Comedy (Harrison), Best Director (Cukor); 1964 National
Board of Review Awards: Ten Best Films of the Year; 1964 New York
Film Critics Awards: Best Film, Best Actor (Harrison), 1964 Academy
Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Holloway), Best
Supporting Actress (Cooper), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film
Editing. This film is ranked #91 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). It is ranked #8 on the American Film Institute's List of the 25 Great Movie Musicals.
Featured Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway,
Wilfrid Hyde-White, Theodore Bikel, Mona Washbourne, Jeremy Brett,
Robert Coote, Gladys Cooper.
Director: George Cukor.
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