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Funny Face (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 25 April 1957 (UK)
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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 ... 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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You're going to have a marvelous time, on a lavish love-happy Paris holiday, set to the lilting music of the great George Gershwin. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 April 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein süßer Fratz See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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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 »

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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

Dick Avery: Professor, I love every broken bone in your body.
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Alternate Versions

Kay Thompson 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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Soundtracks

Prelude and Liebestod
From "Tristan und Isolde" by Richard Wagner
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Enjoyable Enough as Long As It's Not Taken Too Seriously
3 November 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

As long as you do not take the premise or the characters or the plot too seriously, this is an enjoyable movie with an interesting pairing of Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, plus an excellent supporting performance by Kay Thompson and some good-looking settings and scenery. The musical numbers are pleasant, if rather on the light side. Stanley Donen has the right touch in keeping things together without making the seams show too often.

Hepburn is cast in a somewhat unexpected role, as a drab intellectual store clerk who gets involved with Fred Astaire's (much older) photographer character. Audrey is so charming that's it's very difficult to think of her as a wallflower, and while Astaire is as energetic as ever, there are more than a couple of occasions on which the relationship doesn't really look believable, despite the best efforts of the two stars. The plot isn't supposed to be anything weighty anyway, so perhaps that's the price you have to pay for a rather different pairing.

Kay Thompson provides many of the best moments. Sometimes the satire of trendy philosophy comes off well, at other times it gets a little dull. Not to be forgotten are the colorful and interesting settings and backgrounds, which set off the story and music fairly well. It's sometimes a strange combination, but as lighter entertainment it all works well enough.


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