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Funny Face -- Paris, the City of Light, shines even brighter when Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire team up for the only time and bring their luminous starpower to this exquisite musical featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin.
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Leonard Gershe (written by)
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Release Date:
13 February 1957 (USA) See more »
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Presented in a Real New Dimension in Motion Picture Entertainment. See more »
Plot:
An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Audrey Hepburn ... Jo Stockton

Fred Astaire ... Dick Avery
Kay Thompson ... Maggie Prescott
Michel Auclair ... Prof. Emile Flostre
Robert Flemyng ... Paul Duval
Dovima ... Marion

Suzy Parker ... Specialty Dancer (Think Pink Number)
Sunny Hartnett ... Specialty Dancer (Think Pink Number)
Jean Del Val ... Hairdresser
Virginia Gibson ... Babs
Sue England ... Laura

Ruta Lee ... Lettie
Alex Gerry ... Dovitch
Iphigenie Castiglioni ... Armande
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geneviève Aumont ... French Actress (uncredited)
Fern Barry ... Southern Wife (uncredited)
Paul Bisciglia ... Photographer (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... Southern Man (uncredited)
Nina Borget ... Assistant Hairdresser (uncredited)
Jan Bradley ... Crying Girl (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... Male Buyer (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Frenchman at Flostre's Party (uncredited)
Jerry Chiat ... Man on Head (uncredited)
Gabriel Curtiz ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno ... Beautician (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... Seedy Man (uncredited)
George Dee ... Seedy Man (uncredited)
Diane DuBois ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Carole Eastman ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Roger Edens ... Sidewalk Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Guest at Duval's Fashion Show (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman at Duval's Fashion Show (uncredited)
Louise Glenn ... Junior Editor (uncredited)
Albert Godderis ... Seedy Man (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Guest at Aborted Fashion Show (uncredited)
Heather Hopper ... Junior Editor (uncredited)
Bruce Hoy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Guest at Aborted Fashion Show (uncredited)
Nancy Kilgas ... Melissa (uncredited)
Donald Lawton ... Airport Clerk (uncredited)
Jerry Lucas ... Bruiser (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Guest at Aborted Fashion Show (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Man at Duval's Fashion Show (uncredited)
Karine Nordman ... French Girl (uncredited)
Elsa Peterson ... Female Buyer (uncredited)
Don Powell ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Cecile Rogers ... Junior Editor (uncredited)
Karen Scott ... Gigi (uncredited)
Elizabeth Slifer ... Madame La Farge (uncredited)
Paul Smith ... Steve (uncredited)
Emilie Stevens ... Assistant Beautician (uncredited)
Baroness Ella Van Heemstra ... Sidewalk Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Marilyn White ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Dorothea Wolbert ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Donen 
 
Writing credits
Leonard Gershe (written by)

Produced by
Roger Edens .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Ray June (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Bracht 
 
Casting by
Gary Fifield (uncredited)
Bill Greenwald (uncredited)
Edward R. Morse (uncredited)
Tony Regan (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Dean Cole .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frank Caffey .... production manager (uncredited)
Harry Caplan .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Curtis Mick .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director
Mecca Graham .... assistant director (uncredited)
Al Mann .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Nat Merman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
John Francis Murphy .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Gary Nelson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bob Adams .... stand-by laborer (uncredited)
Joe Cowan .... leadman (uncredited)
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
Robert McCrellis .... props (uncredited)
Tom Plews .... props (uncredited)
Barnard Schoefelt .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Leverett .... sound recordist
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
Spurgeon Marsh .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Bill Wistrom .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Avery .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dennis Bartlett .... focus puller (uncredited)
Howard Kelly .... gaffer (uncredited)
Joe Schuster .... best boy (uncredited)
Mike Semenario .... grip (uncredited)
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Sickler .... company grip (uncredited)
Paul Uhl .... camera technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Tish Morgan .... secretary to casting director (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hubert de Givenchy .... wardrobe: Miss Hepburn, Paris
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Dario Piazza .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Leah Rhodes .... associate designer (uncredited)
Ruth Stella .... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Marvin I. Kosberg .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Adolph Deutsch .... conductor
Adolph Deutsch .... music adaptor
Stanley Donen .... song staging
Roger Edens .... composer: additional music
Skip Martin .... orchestrator
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Van Cleave .... orchestrator
Alexander Courage .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Al Mack .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Walter Ruick .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Kay Thompson .... vocal arranger (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Fred Astaire .... choreographer
Richard Avedon .... main title backgrounds
Richard Avedon .... special visual consultant
Eugene Loring .... choreographer
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Ruth Ames .... secretary: Mr. Donen (uncredited)
Françoise Bouchez .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeanne Coyne .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Patricia Denise .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Jack Hirshberg .... publicist (uncredited)
Belva Lannan .... secretary: Mr. Edens (uncredited)
Sam Ledner .... dance coordinator (uncredited)
Dave Robel .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Dorothy Yutzi .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
103 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Mono

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Trivia:
Ditzy model Marion is played by Dovima, who was one of the top fashion models of the day and often worked with Richard Avedon.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the darkroom for the second print a partly covered paper is exposed, but after developing a full format print is taken out of the bath.See more »
Quotes:
Maggie Prescott:The Quality Woman must have grace, elegance and pizazz.
Dick Avery:Every girl on every page of Quality has grace, elegance, and pizazz. Now, what's wrong with bringing out a girl who has character, spirit, and intelligence?
Dovitch:That certainly would be novel in a fashion magazine.
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31 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Gershwin, Paris, Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, Richard Avedon, and John-Paul Sartre, 23 July 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

This 1957 musical is a little odd. It has a title based on an original 1920s Gershwin musical (that included the title song) which starred Fred and Adele Astaire. It was a musical and scenic valentine to France (but only one tune in it deals with France - "Bonjour Paris!". It is a spoof on the modern fashion magazines, fashions in general, and advertising - but the spoof while sharp at times is never pushed. The opening sequence, "Think Pink," describes how Kay Thompson plans a campaign to make the American woman go for "pink" clothes, accessories, toothpaste, etc., only to admit to her assistant she personally loathes the color. It takes full advantage of the attractive face and features of Hepburn, who is convinced to be a model and help push a new line of fashions in Paris. And it makes two characters into imitations of Richard Avedon the photographer (Astaire as Dick Avory) and Jean-Paul Sartre (Michel Auclair as Prof. Emile Flostre).

Avedon was a rarity - a fashion photographer who became a great artistic portrait photographer. Astaire never is shown taking pictures of great or famous people in the film but several times he demonstrates a refinement that separates him from the rest of Kay Thompson's entourage (most of whom don't care what havoc they cause, as long as they get their jobs done). He also has enough sense to question Hepburn's accepting of "empathicalism", and it's viability. Witness his moment in the bistro pouring wine to the two old codgers who are quite pleasant to him while he insults them in English. Hepburn, of course, is so insistent on the validity of her philosophical beliefs that she rejects Astaire's warnings, and jeopardizes the fashion show.

The final blow (seemingly) to the Astaire - Hepburn relationship is when he confronts Flostre at the author's home. He knocks out the Professor, and his brutality demolishes the relationship with Hepburn. But within minutes Hepburn sees another side to Flostre which is unexpected, and suddenly realizes that Astaire may be right after all.

The character of Flostre is obviously based on that of Jean-Paul Sartre, the founder of "existentialism". Based on in some details, but not in theory. "Empathicalism" has to do with trying to empathize with others so as to have a proper response to their needs and aspirations. "Existentialism" has to do with: "An introspective humanism or theory of man which expresses the individual's intense awareness of his contingency and freedom; a theory which states that the existence of the individual precedes his essence." This is from Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary. Sartre has a more complex view of man and society, and one can plow through BEING AND NOTHINGNESS to try to understand it. In fact some critics have wondered if the Nobel Prize Winner eventually got very wrong headed about his theory. But he certainly seems a meatier philosopher than his celluloid copy.

But Flostre does have the trappings of Sartre on him. He is revered by his followers world wide (such as Hepburn). He is a man with sexual appetite (as Sartre was with his long time companion and fellow writer Simone Beauvoir). And there is some traces of an anti-capitalist, even anti-American attitude in him. It is not definitely pushed, but when Astaire and Thompson break into his house during a party, they pretend they are American share cropper singers whom Flostre had brought to France to perform for his guests. Now, we never hear what this actual pair actually would sing, but judging from their background they would have to throw in some protest songs. Sartre was very critical of the U.S.A. and capitalism (today his fans have to explain Sartre's willingness to accept Russian imperialist moves under Communism in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s - they find it very hard to do so).

On the whole the parts of the film work well, so I give it seven stars. Kay Thompson is best recalled for being the creator of the little girl at the Plaza "Eloise", but she shows here a highly entertaining performance as Maggie Prescott, the editor who pushes and loathes pink. The film would have been better if somehow Avedon's portrait photography had been brought into the story, possibly in a final scene with Flostre as his subject. However, even without such a sequence the film is rewarding to watch, especially in the musical numbers. Astaire does equally well with Thompson and with Hepburn as his partners here.

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