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Overview - Splashes of vivid color light the way through Stanley Donen's very modern musical. "Think pink!" commands Miss Prescott, head of Quality Woman fashion magazine, and American women obey--all except Jo (Audrey Hepburn), an intellectual young woman who tries to prevent Miss Prescott from staging a photo shoot in Jo's bookshop.  Read more...

 

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Overview

Splashes of vivid color light the way through Stanley Donen's very modern musical. "Think pink!" commands Miss Prescott, head of Quality Woman fashion magazine, and American women obey--all except Jo (Audrey Hepburn), an intellectual young woman who tries to prevent Miss Prescott from staging a photo shoot in Jo's bookshop. Photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) sees something interesting in Jo's "funny face," and soon he's lured her to Paris to model during the day and discuss philosophy in smoky cafés at night. Modeling Givenchy clothes, Hepburn steals the color in every scene, and her funny face enchants all, including Dick and, unexpectedly, the dark and handsome philosophy master whose theories Jo adores. The musical numbers are primarily duets--Jo and Dick glide together in each other's arms, Jo and Miss Prescott find unexpected solidarity in womanhood, and Dick and Miss Prescott cavort in the philosopher's salon--but the most engaging scene is when the three come to Paris, plead exhaustion to one another, then secretly race around the city, singing and dancing and reveling in being tourists.

Cast List

Frank Bracht - Editor
Leonard Gershe - Screenwriter/Playwright
Ira Gershwin - Lyricist
Israel Gershvin - Lyricist
George Gershwin - American composer
Jacob Gershvin - American composer
Kay Thompson - Score Arranger
Ray Moyer - Set Decorator
Hal Pereira - Production Designer
Fred Astaire - American actor/dancer, BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940
Frederick Austerlitz - American actor/dancer, BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940
Audrey Hepburn - Actress, MY FAIR LADY, FUNNY FACE, ROMAN HOLIDAY, SABRINA
Audrey Hepburn-Ruston - Actress, MY FAIR LADY, FUNNY FACE, ROMAN HOLIDAY, SABRINA
Eugene Loring - Choreographer/Silk Socks
George W. Davis - Art Director
Roger Edens - American Composer
Suzy Parker - American Actress/Model
Michel Auclair - French Actor
Ray June - American Director of Photography\20s-50s
Stanley Donen - Director/producer/choreographer
Robert Flemyng - British Character Actor
John Fulton - Special Effects/Photography
John P. Fulton - Special Effects/Photography
Edith Head - Oscar winning costume designer, THE STING
Wally Westmore - Makeup Artist
Richard Avedon - Photographer
Sam Comer - American Set Decorator
Adolph Deutsch
Hubert de Givenchy - Fashion Designer
Paris Givenchy - Fashion Designer

 
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Synopsis:
Serious thinker Jo catches the interest of fashion photographer Dick Avery, who is seeking a natural and "funny" face to take with him to a Paris fashion show. Seeing the opportunity to bring her ideas on philosophy to the Left Bank cafés, Jo agrees to join him, but once in Paris, Dick's focused attention on her and the fairy-tale clothes inspire daydreams of love. Fred Astaire's silky dance moves and Audrey Hepburn's fresh, wistful spirit charge this modern-day Cinderella story with elegance and charm.

Notes:
Shot on location in Paris, France. MGM was originally supposed to produce this musical but handed it over to Paramount so that Audrey Hepburn could star. Hepburn's Paris wardrobe was designed by Hubert de Givenchy. Fred Astaire's character is supposedly based on photographer Richard Avedon.

Reviews:
3 stars out of 5 -- "FUNNY FACE is a visual treat. Technicolor set-pieces showcase the real stars of the picture -- Hepburn's lavish, Givenchy-designed dresses." - 01/01/2008 Total Film, p.162


"George and Ira Gershwin supplied the music and lyrics. Thompson, Astaire and Hepburn supplied the magic." - 08/28/2009 Wall Street Journal


5 stars out of 5 -- "One of Hollywood’s funniest, most stylish musicals, this breezy satire from 1957 thrives on the pairing of Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn." - 02/24/2014 Total Film


4 stars out of 5 -- "A timeless musical treat and the most fun you can have with really elegant clothes on." - 02/22/2014 Empire

 
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