Funny Face [Blu-ray] [Import]
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Funny Face (1957) (BD) [Blu-ray]
Fred Astaire plays a fashion photographer based on real-life cameraman Richard Avedon, in this entertaining musical directed by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain). The story finds Astaire's character turning Audrey Hepburn into a chic Paris model--not a tough premise to buy, especially within this film's air of enchantment and surrounded by a great Gershwin score. Based on an unproduced play, this is one of the best films from the latter part of Astaire's career. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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] (which was based on real-life cameraman Richard Avedon, who 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 and Written Directly for the Screen. Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy (Audrey Hepburn's costume designer) for Best Costume Design. Ray June, Hal Pereira, George W. Davis, Sam Comer for Best Cinematography and Ray Moyer for Best Art Direction and Set Decoration.Read more ›
Seriously though, how does a shy, introverted, intellectual bluestocking who is a firm believer in empathicalism became a fashion model for Quality magazine? Part of it has to do with photographer Dick Avery blowing up some snaps of her after an uninvited photo session in her Greenwich Village bookstore, and selling her to Maggie Prescott, editor of Quality. Another has to do with a photo shoot in Paris for the new layout of Quality, in exchange for which she'll get to meet Professor Flostre, the philosophical founder of empathicalism and her hero.
The best scenes in the movie are the photo shoots, which shows Jo doing poses in the rain, holding balloons, and tearfully standing at a departing railway station. But the standout has to be her running down the steps of the Louvre in a sleeveless red Givenchy gown, the statue of the Winged Victory behind her, emulating the famed statute. Another is Jo's dance in the nightclub, expressing herself after Avery pokes fun at her empathicalist beliefs. It's a spontaneous number set to a upbeat jazz rhythms, with Jo wearing a black body stocking, and it would be the last time Audrey would use her dancing talents in a movie.
The movie's attitude to the French beatnik and intellectual culture that began in the 1950's is clearly and unfortunately contemptuous, not surprising, considering that America in the 50's was in the growth-oriented prosperity, which had no room for intellectual thought. The concept of empathicalism, the philosophy of putting one in another person's shoes via emotion and manner of speech.Read more ›
Being in Paris is like being in an Audrey Hepburn movie, and nothing makes you feel like this more than the delightful "Bonjour Paris" number done when Astaire, Hepburn and the extraordinary Kaye Thompson (Liza Minnelli's godmother, BTW, who steals the picture) arrive in the City of Lights. This is the ultimate Paris moment.
Using the score from Gershwin's stage version of Funny Face and a new script by Leonard Gershe, under the sure hand of Stanley Donen, everything is beautiful. Thompson plays a character based on Diana Vreeland, the head of Vogue, who, under the advice of the photographer played by Astaire (and based on Richard Avedon) takes a young intellectual wallflower from Greenwich Village and passes
her off as "the Quality Woman." The entire thing is enchanting, and after 46 years, Funny Face still holds up beautifully. The highlights include the opening "Think Pink"
number; Astaire's bullfight dance during "Let's Kiss and Make Up," "Clap Yo' Hands," done as only Astaire and Thompson could, and one of the most gorgeous, lasting images of the great Audrey Hepburn: dressed beautifully by Givenchy in red, she walks down the grand staircase at the Louvre, a flowing sheer red shawl held aloft. She has never looked so beautiful, and we are so lucky to have had her in our lives.
Funny Face is a musical treasure to be seen again, and again and again!
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this movie having never seen it or knowing anything about it because I find Hepburn to be a wonderful actress. Read morePublished on March 21 2012 by Jill Trill
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 morePublished on Feb. 10 2012 by mj agcu
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
Audrey Hepburn as a dowdy, shy little bookworm obsessed with philosophy to the point of excluding all else? Say it's not so. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2008 by E. A Solinas
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 morePublished on May 28 2004 by Mark Fisk