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Funny Face (50th Anniversary Edition) (Bilingual)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion and Fancy April 22 2003
Here we have a story of fashion and romance. Givenchy provides the fashionable clothes. George and Ira Gershwin provide the music to set the scene for romance. Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire provide the romantic intrigue, costarring Kay Thompson for added comic relief. The story takes place in New York City and in Paris on the Seine River in France. These choice ingredients mix well to give the viewer an inviting slice of life in the fashion world, seen as songs, dances and splendid fashion shows. There is even a spoof of French philosophy. With excellent timing and camera work, and the consultancy of Richard Avedon, this film and its story present a happy moment to be revisited by an engaged film fan. Director Stanley Donen has made it happen with a screenplay by Leonard Gershe, and choreography by Eugene Loring and Fred Astaire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Fashion Musical! June 14 2004
Anyone who loves Breakfast at Tiffany's and Roman Holiday knows that Audrey Hepburn is one of the most magical women ever captured on film. But there is something special about Funny Face. It captured a part of the real Audrey -- part book worm, part great dancer, part reluctant star. The "On How to be Lovely" scene with Patricia Neal is one of the most glorious moments in film. You just cannot help but smile when they start singing that song. It will make you fall in love with Audrey over and over again!
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Audrey Hepburn had a unique quality that she could sing(yes,sing)dance and act.She has a most touching scene where she is a bookstore librarian that is very distraught after having the bookstore she works for turned upside down.She sings an old Gershwin tune "How long has been going on" which coming from Audrey,is from her heart and soul. She then dances two numbers with Fred Astaire with sheer perfection. Words cannot describe what a beautiful actress she was-Audrey,you were truly amazing and lovely to look at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Face [1956] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] July 29 2014
By Andrew C. Miller TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Funny Face [1956] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] S’WONDEFUL, S’MARVELOUS!

In the Academy Award® nominated classic, Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire join forces in lending their song and dance talents to the timeless and classic film musical. When fashion magazine mogul Maggie Prescott [Kay Thompson] and her head photographer Dick Avery [Fred Astaire] (based on real-life cameraman Richard Avedon was both a visual consultant on Funny Face) scout out a bookstore for their next photo shoot. Dick discovers the unique face of bookseller and amateur philosopher Jo Stockton [Audrey Hepburn] and is soon whisked off to Paris. Jo is soon transformed into a global supermodel . . . and finds herself falling for the photographer, who first noticed her sunny, funny face.

FILM FACT: The National Board of Review gave the film Special Citation award for the photographic innovations. Leonard Gershe was nominated for "Best Written American Musical" by the Writers Guild of America. Stanley Donen was nominated by the Directors Guild of America for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures" and for a "Golden Palm" at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. Fred Astaire received a Golden Laurel nomination for "Top Male Musical Performance". The film received four Academy Award "Oscar" nominations: Leonard Gershe for "Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen"; Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy (Hepburn's costume designer) for "Best Costume Design"; Ray June for "Best Cinematography"; and Hal Pereira, George W. Davis, Sam Comer, and Ray Moyer for "Best Art Direction-Set Decoration".
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars.This Funny Face is still high hat! May 8 2007
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
The editorial review for this movie states that it was ..."an unproduced play".

This is very misleading.

If memory serves this movie was based on what was to be a Broadway play originally entitled "Wedding Day" but MGM came a calling and bought the rights before it ever reached the stage.When MGM had second thoughts it got passed on to Paramount where they finally turned it into the movie we now have.

However Fred and his wonderful and talented sister Adele first introduced Funny Face(the PLAY-similar score but totally different plot) to the world back in 1927.It hit Broadway and had an extensive and fabulously long run into mid 1928.From there Fred and Adele took it to the London stage and repeated its' wild success there well into 1929.

Upon its' arrival on the screen in 1957 Paramount lifted four songs from the original 1927 George and Ira Gershwin songbook and added two more by Leonard Gershe and Roger Edens.

It is certainly a movie influenced by its' times with its' central theme based around the late 50s coffee house/beatnik/philosophic phenom of the day.These were the days of Sartre,Kerouac,Ginsberg and cool jazz.

Director Stanley Donen almost paints this film with his heavy use of colouring from beginning to end.

Audrey Hepburn was also a kind of phenom of her own during this period.One of the most popular actresses of the day and one of the most emulated from her hair style and clothing to her petite figure.She gives a pleasing performance and is quite good overall and the director gives her many a camera-loving close up.

However her co-star is the real rock and foundation of this film-the inimitable Mr.Fred Astaire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent surprise
I bought this movie having never seen it or knowing anything about it because I find Hepburn to be a wonderful actress. Read more
Published on March 21 2012 by Jill Trill
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see for Hephurns fans
This movie is a icon of its time, audrey hephurn and fred astaire is a mix to be seen, the movie has really good quality of both sound and picture. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2012 by mj agcu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I always am on the look out for great movies and was delighted to be able to get this one. It arrived in good time and in great shape.
Published on Feb. 4 2012 by Jan Church
5.0 out of 5 stars A Troumph for all Concerned
This is the very best of the Audrey Hepburn-as-Cinderella movies. For one thing she is in her prime as a beauty and is still in shape for dancing. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2010 by Ian C. Jarvie
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Face is Overrated
I enjoyed this movie, but the music is not really to my taste. There ARE some cute scenes, but I still can't get over the age difference between Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire-... Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2010 by Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars For worlds I'd not replace...
Audrey Hepburn as a dowdy, shy little bookworm obsessed with philosophy to the point of excluding all else? Say it's not so. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2008 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Maaaarvellous Mouth!
"Please! I can't hear myself think and I'm trying to think in French!" One of the funniest lines in this great, stylish, movie. To this day my sister and I quote from it. Read more
Published on May 9 2005 by Canuckfcuk
1.0 out of 5 stars Where Was MArni NIxon?
Funny Face has just about everything going for it. Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Stanley Donen, great Gershwin tunes, a terrific rare glimpse of the incomparable Kay Thompson and... Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by David Marshall
3.0 out of 5 stars Isnt bad. Far from Great.
Fred Astaire, the greatest movie star of all time (Along with Chaplin of course) paired with Audrey Hepburn in this enjoyable, but still slightly dissapointing romantic musical set... Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by Mark Steven Fisk
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, not funny face.
Well, funny isn't how I'd describe Audrey Hepburn's face. Dazzling, luminescent, one-of-a-kind... but funny? I'm not laughing. Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by Daniel J. Hamlow
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