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Funny Face (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

Audrey Hepburn , Fred Astaire , Stanley Donen    Unrated   DVD
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion and Fancy 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Fashion Musical! June 14 2004
By AMH
Format:DVD
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
Format:Blu-ray
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Where Was MArni NIxon? July 14 2004
Format:DVD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, not funny face. May 7 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Well, funny isn't how I'd describe Audrey Hepburn's face. Dazzling, luminescent, one-of-a-kind... but funny? I'm not laughing. I more side with Fred Astaire's character Dick Avery, who says "What you call funny, I call interesting."
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.
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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 Amazon Customer
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
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars.This Funny Face is still high hat!
The editorial review for this movie states that it was ..."an unproduced play".

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Published on May 8 2007 by Robert Badgley
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
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
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