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Funny Face (1957)

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An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.

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Stanley Donen

Writer:

Leonard Gershe
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audrey Hepburn ... Jo Stockton
Fred Astaire ... Dick Avery
Kay Thompson Kay Thompson ... Maggie Prescott
Michel Auclair ... Prof. Emile Flostre
Robert Flemyng ... Paul Duval
Dovima Dovima ... Marion
Suzy Parker ... Specialty Dancer (Think Pink Number)
Sunny Hartnett 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 Iphigenie Castiglioni ... Armande
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein süßer Fratz See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

After Dick kisses Jo and leaves the bookstore, Jo begins to sing "How Long Has This Been Going On". As she sings to herself while looking at the mirror in the supposedly empty bookstore, you can clearly see someone moving around on the second floor of the bookstore reflected in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Dick Avery: Now when I say "go," walk down with fire in your eyes and murder on your mind.
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Alternate Versions

is shown singing "do some window shopping in the Rue de la Paix" in pouring rain, carrying an open umbrella. The version shown in the final film was shot in brilliant sunshine with the umbrella left closed! See more »

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Basal Metabolism
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Music by Roger Edens
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Still a fun musical
2 April 2000 | by harry-76See all my reviews

"Funny Face" was great fun during its first runs and is still a most enjoyable musical. A top notch cast headed by Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire make this a winner. Kaye Thompson is on hand for songs, dances and laughs, and George Gershwin's score sparkles. Filmed in part on location in Paris, "Funny Face" beautifully conveys its story of romance with elegance and charm. Smart fashion costumes, photography and choreography combine to make this a hit.


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