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Major Barbara speaking (1941)

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Uploaded on Feb 28, 2010

The beauty of diction in her speech and their conversation is wonderful. Whatever you think of what they're saying, the way they speak is so beautiful you could forget yourself in it.

Major Barbara is a 1941 adaptation of G.B. Shaw's play of the same name from 1905. Shaw helped write the screenplay. I highly recommend it for its ideas and its emotions and the execution of the whole thing. You may disagree with the ideas (as Shaw came to disagree with some of them later), but the emotions are very real, some scenes are ground-breaking, and Wendy Hiller is one of the finest actresses to have graced a film screen, though she did not do so often.

If you are impressed by Wendy Hiller but don't think you'd like Major Barbara, try I Know Where I'm Going from 1945. It's hard to describe what is so wonderful about that film, except that people who see it all agree that it is. Martin Scorsese is probably its best-known fan.

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