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Title: "Pygmalion" - Topics: Drama/England; World/England

“What do you mean that my language is improper?” Prior to My Fair Lady was Pygmalion. Fair Eliza’s struggles with English, which according to George Bernard Shaw “is not accessible even to Englishmen,” come alive in the 1938 film version of Shaw’s play. The film, which won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, provides great discussion topics, from perceptions of social status based on accent, to gender equality. 

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  • Background information on the musical and the play is provided
  • Packet includes discussion questions and a study guide

  • Some viewers may find the film dated