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Catch ‘My Fair Lady’ twice on Wednesday


If you missed Sunday's retrospective screening of "My Fair Lady," don't worry. The movie will screen twice more on Wednesday.

The 1964 film, which stars Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, will screen at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at two Regal Cinemas locations: Northtown Mall and Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Stadium.

Directed by George Cukor, and adapted from the 1913 stage play "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw, "My Fair Lady" is based on the 1956 Broadway musical created by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe. Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, the film won eight, including Best Actor (Harrison), Best Director (Cukor) and Best Picture.

Interestingly enough, Hepburn — who took over the lead role of Eliza Doolittle from Julie Andrews — was not nominated as Best Actress. (Hepburn didn't even sing; her songs, instead, were dubbed by Marni Nixon.) Andrews, though, was nominated for "Mary Poppins" — and won.

As the late Roger Ebert wrote in 2006, " 'My Fair Lady' is the best and most unlikely of musicals, during which I cannot decide if I am happier when the characters are talking or when they are singing. The songs are literate and beloved; some romantic, some comic, some nonsense, some surprisingly philosophical, every single one wonderful."

And as Harrison sang-spoke, "The rain in Spain falls mainly in the plains …"

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