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Pygmalion Revisited

September 16, 2016 1 Comment


I subscribe to Hulu for a month at a time, then put the subscription on hold for the maximum time, 90 days.  This means it is only in the home 4 months out of the year, which is perfect for us. I binge down on different new shows, and by the end of the month I have seen everything I care to watch.  This month I have watched a lot of very well produced series.  I have focused on comedy, seeing at least 10 stand up comedy specials.  I also found many comedy tv series that make me very happy. My favorite, now that the month is coming to a close, is Selfie.  This modern day version of Pygmalion is hysterically updated to show characters typical to our times.  This social satire hits all the notes.

Eliza Dooley, the same archetype represented in My Fair Lady by Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle, has a modern twist as a self obsessed social media star.  The romantic comedy takes a satirical look at workaholics, socialnetworkaholics , and corporate hierarchy.  It is set in a children’s pharmaceutical company where Henry Higgins, the British snob, is thinly disguised as Henry Higgins, branding expert.  The plot and characters are instantly recognizable, but the story unfolds in ways I could never have imagined.  All the parts are extremely well played, but the writers and producers get major credit.  This script makes me laugh for every reason, from physical comedy schtick to sophisticated satirical commentary woven into the whole story.  Some of the smaller parts are the very best because they have such extreme personalities and dialogue. I will not give away more than that. Just watch it if you can.

The story of Pygmalion comes for the mythology of Greece.  It is based on a god who fell in love with one of his own sculptures.  In 1748 the story was presented at the prestigious Paris Opera House.  This production, written by Jean-Philippe Rameau, was staged as a one act piece.  Since that time this story has been told and retold, including the popular musical version with Rex Harrison playing the stuffy and rude Henry.  The story has the same punch line every time.

Greek god Pygmalion

Greek god Pygmalion

 

Hulu on the Road

July 18, 2014 4 Comments

I have a mixed relationship with Hulu Plus. I do have an account, but I have a life that precludes spending much time watching TV. What works for me is to watch it for a month, binge on my favorite exclusive Hulu shows, and then freeze the account for the maximum amount of time, which I think is 3 months. I would not know it had returned if not for the PayPal notice telling me I have paid my dues. My Hulu month started last week, so I caught up on some Moone Boy and East Los High episodes for starters.

Now I am on holiday without a TV, and am perfectly fine with that. I did not travel to watch TV in another city. Since Hulu is my only option I have discovered there is more to the Hulu menu than I knew. Last night I watched a black and white movie in Danish with subtitles that was a heavy period piece about witch burning in the 1600’s and religion. The story is based on an event that really happened in Norway.  The cinematography was haunting and spooky, although primitive because of the age of the film. They wore amazingly great costumes in the film, everyone looking sort of like Martin Luther (the hat part, anyhow).  The movie was shot in 1943 (very interesting time in Europe) and is called Day of Wrath.  It opened my eyes to the vast collections accessible through Hulu.  I am going to purposely search the menu to find other interesting productions to watch as part of my holiday entertainment.  Maybe Hulu and I can have a much better relationship.  They have also added an option to allow you to play trivia before the show to avoid commercial interruption.  This is the most important upgrade to me because Hulu plays the exact same commercials on all the shows in a geographic area. I quickly tire of seeing the same ad 20 times a night.  At least by moving to another location I am seeing different ads this month.  Do you use Hulu, and if so, are there any tips about getting the best experience you can share with me?  Thanks, gentle readers.

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