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Funny Face

Funny Face

Stanley Donen (1957)

103min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
You'll be beguiled by the wit, style and sparkle of this MGM musical comedy. Director Stanley Donen decamped to Paramount to avail himself of that studio's house treasure, the one and only Audrey Hepburn, and with glowing Technicolor (photography by Ray June) and great Gershwin tunes created a film that looks as elegant today as it did when it first appeared. A satire on fashion magazines, the movie stars the fabulous Fred Astaire as one Dick Avery (photographer Richard Avedon was the film's consultant) who finds the face of his dreams (Hepburn) in a Greenwich Village bookstore. Kay Thompson stands out as an imperious magazine editor - it takes real style to compete with the likes of Hepburn and Astaire! The only questionable scenes are the ones in which the three leads end up in Paris and ridicule Emile Flostre (played by Michel Auclair), a dead ringer for Jean-Paul Sartre - the anti-intellectualism is unworthy of Donen. Otherwise it's scintillating, magical and above all romantic.

Summary

A high-flying photographer arranges a photoshoot in a Greenwich bookshop, where his head is turned by one of the employees. He persuades the shy bookworm to model for him in Paris, and romance blossoms between them as he endeavours to transform her into a fashion icon. Musical, starring Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair and Robert Flemyng, with songs by George and Ira Gershwin.

Cast & Crew

Jo Stockton Audrey Hepburn
Dick Avery Fred Astaire
Maggie Prescott Kay Thompson
Prof Emile Flostre Michel Auclair
Paul Duval Robert Flemyng
Marion Dovima
Babs Virginia Gibson
Director Stanley Donen
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Park Circus Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 28 Feb 2014

Music Drama

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