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Funny Face (1957)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 13 February 1957 (USA)
An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.

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Fashion photographer Dick Avery, in search for an intellectual backdrop for an air-headed model, expropriates a Greenwich Village bookstore. When the photo session is over the store is left in a shambles, much to salesgirl Jo Stockton's dismay. Avery stays behind to help her clean up. Later, he examines the photos taken there and sees Jo in the background of one shot. He is intrigued by her unique appearance, as is Maggie Prescott, the editor of a leading fashion magazine. They offer Jo a modeling contract, which she reluctantly accepts only because it includes a trip to Paris. Eventually, her snobbish attitude toward the job softens, and Jo begins to enjoy the work and the company of her handsome photographer. Written by alfiehitchie

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13 February 1957 (USA)  »

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Ein süßer Fratz  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Audrey Hepburn's terrier Mr. Famous appears as the dog in the basket during the "Anna Karenina" train shot. See more »

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At the end of the film, we see Dick leave an evening fashion show party to join Jo at the church for the final dance. But once the church scene begins, a hazy filter can't hide the fact that it was shot in broad daylight (complete with blue sky), even though it should still be evening. See more »

Quotes

Dick Avery: We want to sit at your feet and learn. We have so much to learn.
Maggie Prescott: We sit at your feet humble and ignorant but so willing.
Jo Stockton: Look, you two just leave his feet alone.
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Think Pink!
Words by Leonard Gershe
Music by Roger Edens (1957)
Sung by Kay Thompson and Girls, including Virginia Gibson
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Enjoyable Musical
25 December 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The bookshop salesgirl Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) is accidentally found by the photograph Dick Avery (Fred Astaire), who convinces the owner of the fashion magazine Quality, the powerful Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson), that she could be the new model she wants for the magazine. Jo dreams on going to Paris to meet her guru, the philosopher Prof. Emile Flostre (Michel Auclair), but she cannot afford to pay for the travel; therefore she sees in the invitation, the chance to visit Paris. Once there, Dick falls in love for her.

"Funny Face" has a great cinematography, art direction, set decoration, costume design and most important, a charming and delightful Audrey Hepburn. Kay Thompson is also excellent. The problem is the silly screenplay that shows at least two great mistakes. The first one is the inconsistent and contradictory character Jo Stockton, presented as an intelligent and clever woman in the beginning, but later becoming absolutely shallow, acting like an irresponsible spoiled child. The second big mistake is Fred Astaire (58), thirty years old older than Audrey Hepburn (28), therefore more than twice her age, as her romantic pair. This great actor looks like her father, and there is no romantic chemistry between them. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Cinderela em Paris" ("Cinderella in Paris")


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