The Break that Refreshes: Wendy Hiller


By Marilyn Ferdinand

Now I know we’re all thinking about what gifts we’re giving and likely to receive this holiday season. Well, almost all. I’m far more worried about my New Year’s resolution—learning the new slang. Here’s a clip from my instructional video so that you can see just what a challenge I’ve set for myself. But it’s got to be done; I’m tired of being one of the old fogeys of film blogging.

Pygmalion (1938)

  • Jonathan Lapper spoke:
    20th/12/2008 to 9:48 am

    I try to use “done him in” as much as I can. And when I used it last no one laughed because I was doing it proper.
    I like Wendy Hiller so much more than Audrey Hepburn in this role. Makes me want to watch this and “I Know Where I’m Going” again today.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    20th/12/2008 to 9:58 am

    “Gin was mother’s milk to her.” That’s my favorite. Audrey Hepburn simply wasn’t believable as a Cockney. She was hired to become the princess, which she does beautifully.
    I Know Where I’m Going is one of the last films my mother ever saw. She absolutely loved it.

  • Jonathan Lapper spoke:
    20th/12/2008 to 11:53 am

    I Know Where I’m Going is one of the last films my mother ever saw. She absolutely loved it.
    It’s wonderful. I’m glad she loved it.

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