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Funny Face (Widescreen) (Bilingual)


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  • Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng
  • Directors: Stanley Donen
  • Writers: Leonard Gershe
  • Producers: Roger Edens
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Paramount Studios
  • Release Date: April 10 2001
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ALMH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,250 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Hepburn/Astaire ~ Funny Face

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claude Prevots on April 22 2003
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AMH on June 14 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carl P. Rychlik on May 15 2003
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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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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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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 above all some of the most exciting visuals and overall art direction ever caught on film. So what happened? The sad decision to let Hepburn do her own singing. That's not to say her voice is bad. It's very... nice. But for a full blown musical of this scale, the audience is yearning for Hepburn's character to really give out with a great set of pipes. Perhaps not quite to the extent of Kay Thompson, an actress perhaps better suited for the stage than the intimacy of the screen. Yet while the movie does not fulfill its promise, it's still well worth seeing. The transformation of Hepburn from mousy bookstore clerk to haute couture model is as wonderful as her similar transformation in "Sabrina". The modeling sessions with Astaire directing Hepburn are delightful and above all the VistaVision presentation of late 50s gloss can not be matched, (the opening credits nearly make up for the entire movie). With Richard Avedon and Suzy Parker's influence the movie almost makes you forgive its failings. Still by the last frame the audience is left with only one thought: "Where's Marni Nixon when you need her?".
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I just saw this the other day, and forgot how wonderful it was! The wry commentary on the fashion industry (and the fashion models themselves), the use of locale (Paris), song (Gershwin), and color (Donen) is wonderful. The color is especially superb in the fashion photo shoot (which is brilliantly illustrated betwixt Astaire and Hepburn), and gives marvelous detail behind each camera set-up (with a scenario, a motivation, a series of props, and finally an end result beautifully shown in a trick montage of film separation and negative process). This has always been my favorite scene in the film (being a former photographer myself), and I was further surprised to learn years later that the Astaire character was modeled on real photographer Richard Avedon. Color is further exploited in other scenes: the red darkroom light used as sole illumination in the "Funny Face" dance, the soft-focus green grass in "He Loves and She Loves," and even the drab monotone of the NY bookstore where Hepburn sings "How Long Has This Been Going On?" But I must give special mention to Kay Thompson's magazine editor: smart, witty, hilarious, nearly stealing every scene she's in. (Astaire: "They've been in there for hours. Thompson: "There was a LOT to do.") One of the best things done by director Stanley Donen.
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