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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. I fell in love with this film instantly for its classic Paris shots and wonderful music numbers. I was very happy I bought this.
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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- Fred Astaire was 58 years old at the time, and I feel he was only cast in this movie because of his dancing skills (which ARE impressive, as exemplified in several scenes). He was far too old to...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent surprise, March 21 2012
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I bought this movie having never seen it or knowing anything about it because I find Hepburn to be a wonderful actress. I fell in love with this film instantly for its classic Paris shots and wonderful music numbers. I was very happy I bought this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must see for Hephurns fans, Feb. 10 2012
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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.
If you like musicals this movie will not let you down, it makes you sing, and feel, an all time classic for those of us who love
the pictures from the golden era. Certainly its going with my collection DVDs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Feb. 4 2012
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Jan Church "GoldauGirl" (Richmond Hill ON Canada) - See all my reviews
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Fashion Musical!, June 14 2004
This review is from: Funny Face (Widescreen) (Bilingual) (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Audrey Hepburn certainly wasn't anything to laugh at, May 15 2003
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Carl P. Rychlik (Monroe, Ct United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Funny Face (Widescreen) (Bilingual) (DVD)
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 Fashion and Fancy, April 22 2003
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Claude Prevots "An eclectic eye" (Warwick, New York United States) - See all my reviews
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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 A Troumph for all Concerned, Oct. 7 2010
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Ian C. Jarvie (Toronto, ON) - See all my reviews
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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. Her sophisticated charm meshes well with the worldliness of Astaire who plays the stand-in for production designer Richard Avedon. Shot on locations all over Paris and environs the film bubbles with American pep. It is a satire on the fashion magazine as well as on existentialism. It never falters or loses the right tone. All this must be put down to Stanley Donen, whose movies show him as witty and inventive. The songs are standards, the glimpses of Paris in 1956 are mouth watering, and this digital remastering is about as good as it gets short of an original VistaVision print. Many of the great MGM musicals came out of the collaborations of the Freed Unit. Donen, a graduate of that unit, singlehandedly transplants all of its dazzling skills to this movie, made under the auspices of Paramount and partially shot in France. A source of inexhaustible pleasure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Face is Overrated, Aug. 23 2010
This review is from: Funny Face (Widescreen) (Bilingual) (DVD)
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- Fred Astaire was 58 years old at the time, and I feel he was only cast in this movie because of his dancing skills (which ARE impressive, as exemplified in several scenes). He was far too old to play Audrey Hepburn's love interest, and this gets in the way of enjoying the "romantic" scenes in the movie. His acting wasn't so stellar either. Audrey, however, is charming as always :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars For worlds I'd not replace..., Oct. 9 2008
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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Audrey Hepburn as a dowdy, shy little bookworm obsessed with philosophy to the point of excluding all else? Say it's not so.

But such is the legendary actress' role at the start of "Funny Face," an endearingly frothy little musical that spends equal time exploring the nightlife of 1950s Paris and a sparkly, sunny version of the fashion industry. Hepburn and Fred Astaire are the ones who really make the story shine, with plenty of song-and-dance numbers and a quirky, slightly sardonic little romance. It's never a deep story, but it's always a charming one.

Dissatisfied with the latest edition of Quality fashion magazine, publisher/editor Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) decides to splash the world with the Next Big Trend: think pink. Cue musical number.

She also decides to add an intellectual bent to the fashion world ("Marion, dear, what are you reading?" "Minute Men from Mars!"), and temporarily takes over a boho bookstore for a suitable backdrop, much to the dismay of the owner Jo (Hepburn). Photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) is struck by Jo's earnestness and unique "funny face," and convinces Maggie to make her their new star model -- supposedly a woman who embodies intellect as well as chic fashion.

Jo doesn't like fashion ("It is chichi, and an unrealistic approach to self-impressions as well as economics!") agrees because she wants to meet her favorite philosopher in Paris, and immerse herself into the bohemian nightlife. But she's slowly growing to love her modeling career -- and Dick as well. But when Jo encounters the eminent Professor Flostre, her budding relationship with Dick is disrupted -- can fashion and philosophy find true love, or are their differences too much?

"Funny Face" is loosely based on an old stage musical -- and by "loosely based," I mean they borrowed a few songs from it and crafted a whole new plot. Fortunately this doesn't keep the movie from being vastly entertaining -- it's a big frothy creampuff of a musical, where you can guess the ending and all the plot twists far in advance, but somehow it just doesn't matter because it's such fun, and the romance is so sweet despite Astaire and Hepburn's chasmic age gap.

Part of the movie's charm is the glamourized views of Paris -- it's all romantic hotels, dramatic photo shoots ("Take the picture, TAKE THE PICTURE!"), idyllic wedding chapels and quirky little nightclubs. And it has a lot of dry humour ("Every girl on every page of Quality has grace, elegance, and pizzazz. Now what's wrong with bringing out a girl who has character, spirit, and intelligence?" "That certainly would be novel in a fashion magazine") and not-so-subtle spoofery of the pretentions both of bohemians and of the fashion elite. And boy is that fun.

It's also graced with a bunch of delightful musical numbers -- the over-the-top "Think Pink," the sweet "'s Wonderful," the adorably quirky titular song, and the exuberant "Bonjour Paris!" Hepburn in particular shines in two of these numbers -- she sings a fragile little ballad called "How Long Has This Been Going On?" in the ruined bookshop, and does a wildly kooky "Basal Metabolism" dance number in a bohemian bistro -- it's incredibly different from everything else in the movie.

In fact, Hepburn shines in pretty much every part of this movie, and while playing a character that could have easily been annoying -- earnest, naive, rather snobbish, and idealiastically devoted to any and all "isms" -- while Astaire serves as a counterbalance, playing a photographer who is just jaded enough to see the absurdity all around him. And Thompson is a real scene-stealer as the fashion queen who seems to think that Quality Magazine keeps the whole modern world afloat.

"Funny Face" is indeed funny. It's also sweet, charming, romantic, and "'s wonderful" -- a cute little musical filled with stunningly gorgeous clothes and a bit of wicked satire. Definitely worth checking out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars.This Funny Face is still high hat!, May 8 2007
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Robert Badgley (St Thomas,Ontario,Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Funny Face (Widescreen) (Bilingual) (DVD)
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.

His first dance number is 'Funny Face' with Audrey in of all places a dark room (he could dance on top of a garbage dump and make it seem like a cloud!).But you soon forget where they are as Fred takes the movie to a different and wonderous level.As in any Astaire routine he speaks volumes without a single word telling his partner and us what it is exactly he's trying to say.And through it all one word says more about him than any other....class!!To say he was without peer is absolutely no exaggeration whatsoever.I never will cease to marvel at his virtuosity and style.

His next number is a solo effort "Let's Kiss and Makeup".Watch for his tossing of an umbrella into a stand many feet away(no trick photgraphy either!).

Both Fred and Audrey are ably backed by the irrepressable Kay Thompson.This was a good part for Kay because there was nothing subtle in Kays acting or vocals as she played everything "big".Kay was quite the club maven and was well known among other things as having the Williams Brothers as part of her act at one period.When they broke up one of the brothers,young Andy, went on to have more than a little success as a solo singer.

All in all this is good movie musical and a feather in the cap for all concerned.It's not one of Fred or Audreys' best films but it still certainly manages to entertain and hit the mark today in both the music and the dance routines.
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