By George, I don't think she gets it. On this week's podcast, we discuss Nakea's first viewing of My Fair Lady, George Cukor's Oscar-winning film version of Lerner and Loewe's beloved Broadway musical.
In a wide-ranging discussion, we talk about classism, sexism, code-switching, gate-keeping, stalkers, dubbers, deadbeat dads, and Hollywood's unfortunate addiction to happy endings. Most importantly, we try to get to the root of a perplexing question: Why does Nakea love music but hate musicals?
0:00–0:17: Prologue (Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady)
0:17–1:20: Intro and Theme Music ("Warm Duck Shuffle" by Arne Huseby)
1:20–10:19: Listener Mail
10:19–10:39: Musical Interlude ("Poor Professor Higgins" from My Fair Lady)
10:39–21:31: Why Nakea Hates Musicals (Discussion)
21:31–22:16: Musical Interlude ("Show Me," from My Fair Lady)
22:16–29:08: Cultural Osmosis (Pre-Viewing Discussion of My Fair Lady)
29:08–30:03: Excerpt from Trailer for My Fair Lady
30:03–1:11:03: The Verdict (Post-Viewing Discussion of My Fair Lady)
1:11:03–1:12:12: Outro and Next Week's Movie
Notes and Links
—From the Corrections Department: A couple of times Michael wrongly says that My Fair Lady opened in 1965. It won the Oscar in 1965, but it was released in 1964.
—Reviews of My Fair Lady discussed: Bosley Crowther, NY Times; Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com; Andrew Sarris, The Village Voice.
—Article discussed: "Dame Julie Andrews talks My Fair Lady, sexism, Trump and the importance of art," Elissa Blake, Sydney Morning Herald.
—Read The Unenthusiastic Critic in prose form at unaffiliatedcritic.com.
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—"Warm Duck Shuffle" by Arne Huseby is licensed under CC BY 3.0.