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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Face [1956] [Blu-ray] [UK Release]
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...
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I feel that I should have really enjoyed this movie. After all, it is a musical and a love story, it takes place in Paris, and it has Audrey Hepburn as the star. Normally, only two of those need to apply and I am hooked.
Not to be misunderstood, there are some very good things about this movie. Audrey Hepburn is lovely, as always, and having to believe she is a...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Face [1956] [Blu-ray] [UK Release], July 29 2014
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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".

Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng, Dovima, Suzy Parker, Sunny Harnett, Jean Del Val, Virginia Gibson, Sue England, Ruta Lee, Alex Gerry and Iphigenie Castiglioni

Director: Stanley Donen

Producer: Roger Edens

Screenwriter: Leonard Gershe

Music and Lyrics: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin and Adolph Deutsch (main score)

Cinematography: Ray June

Audio: English: 5.1 TrueHD Dolby, French: 1.0 Mono, German: 1.0 Mono, Italian: 1.0 Mono, Japanese: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish: 1.0 Mono

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish

Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 [VistaVison]

Running Time: 103 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

Andrew's Blu-ray Review – Pizzazz! The very word came into being with Funny Face in 1957. Stylish and energetic, Funny Face is a collaboration extraordinaire involving some of the great talents of the era: Producer Roger Edens and director Stanley Donen, screenwriter Leonard Gershe, cinematographer Ray June, costumer Edith Head, couture designer Hubert de Givenchy, photographer Richard Avedon and the film's matchless stars Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson. Sprinkled with an assortment of Gershwin tunes, this is a movie of considerable pizzazz...

‘Funny Face’ had been a work in progress for years, but the vital element that finally brought the project together was Audrey Hepburn. Then under contract to Paramount, Hepburn was a white-hot star at the time and any picture with her name attached had a very good chance of being made. She loved both the script and the opportunity to dance with Fred Astaire and quickly agreed to do the picture. Astaire, then nearing 60, was coming to the end of his career in musical films. Funny Face and Silk Stockings were released within months of each other in 1957 and were his last popular movie musicals.

Kay Thompson, ace vocal coach, arranger and cabaret star, had worked with Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Lena Horne and many others during her years in MGM's music department. Gershe had her in mind from the start for the role of Maggie Prescott, a character closely modelled on powerhouse fashion editor and style doyenne of the era, Diana Vreeland. According to Leonard Gershe, it was Vreeland who coined the word `bizzazz' that mutated into `pizzazz.' Thompson as Prescott is an invigorating presence and she steals just about every scene she's in; early on, her "Think Pink!" number kicks Funny Face into high gear...

Ultimately, the success of ‘Funny Face’ belongs just as much to Thompson as it does her two co-stars; the ebullient and ever dapper Fred Astaire and translucently glamorous gamin Audrey Hepburn. To voyage with these three into the unbar chic byways and street cafes of Paris is to be magically teleported on a grand holiday through Parisian haute couture. And Stanley Donen's direction makes Funny Face so much more than mere sumptuous entertainment. It is a wry musical comedy taking a deadly sly poke at the fashionista guru. Under Stanley Donen's expertise and Leonard Gershe's capably crafted screenplay the exclusivity of haute couture evolves from haughty parade into a surreal exploitation of that impressionist and elegant lifestyle. This is a world created by human hands and ego, and, about as far removed from the one we find ourselves a part of at the beginning of our story. But that is precisely why Funny Face succeeds; because it parallels the mundane with the superficially sacred, and elevates the escapism to a most rarefied art form.

‘Funny Face’ is a Cinderella tale, the kind of story that was Audrey Hepburn's bread and butter. The film begins in the offices of Quality magazine where editor Maggie Prescott [KayeThompson] decrees that the world of fashion shall think and wear pink (though she does not)! Soon after, she and photographer Dick Avery [Fred Astaire] venture to bohemian Greenwich Village on a shoot...where bookstore clerk Jo Stockton [Audrey Hepburn], an ugly duckling with swan potential, is unearthed. The plot takes off from here. Cut to Paris where newly made-over model Jo wears exquisite Givenchy haute couture and is gorgeously photographed by Dick everywhere in the City of Light. Songs are sung. Dances are danced. Love blooms. A fairy-tale ending eventually comes to pass. The basic storyline is nothing new, but watching Hepburn, Astaire and Thompson cut loose in New York and Paris (and in song) is so easy on the eyes and ears that in so many ways...'s wonderful.

Ultimately, the success of ‘Funny Face’ belongs just as much to Thompson as it does her two co-stars; the ebullient and ever dapper Fred Astaire and translucently glamorous gamin Audrey Hepburn. To voyage with these three into the unbar chic byways and street cafes of Paris is to be magically teleported on a grand holiday through Parisian haute couture. And Stanley Donen's direction makes ‘Funny Face’ so much more than mere sumptuous entertainment. It is a wry musical comedy taking a deadly sly poke at the fashionista guru. This is a world created by human hands and ego, and, about as far removed from the one we find ourselves a part of at the beginning of our story. But that is precisely why Funny Face succeeds; because it parallels the mundane with the superficially sacred, and elevates the escapism to a most rarefied art form.

Musically, ‘Funny Face’ achieves many high water marks with Audrey singing in her own voice the poignant, `How Long Has This Been Going On.' Astaire taps the exuberant `Let's Kiss and Make Up.' Astaire and Audrey do an elegant pas deux to Gershwin's immortal, `S'Wonderful' and the entire cast gets into the act with `Bonjour Paris!' Arguably, the song which lingers the longest in our collective memory remains Kay Thompson's acidic and comical `Think Pink' - an ode to fashion for fashion's sake. As Thompson croons - "Red is dead. Blue is through. Green's obscene. Brown's to boo...and there is not the slightest excuse for plum or puce...or chartreuse."

Finally, ‘Funny Face’ is a lightweight and cheerful little musical immeasurably aided by Paramount's patented high fidelity widescreen process VistaVision, and the sumptuous backdrop of Paris at its most photogenic (despite reoccurring inclement weather throughout the shoot), ‘Funny Face’ emerges with a genuine sparkle and heart; an ultra-gorgeous musical with much to appreciate and admire throughout. `On how to be lovely', ‘Funny Face’ rates a perfect ten! So all in all, this was well worth the wait for Paramount to release this sumptuous Blu-ray release, but sadly this UK Release has no Extras, like on the USA Blu-ray Release, but despite this I am still proud to have this Hollywood Classic in my Blu-ray Collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Andrew C. Miller - Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Troumph for all Concerned, Oct. 7 2010
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars For worlds I'd not replace..., Oct. 9 2008
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, not funny face., May 7 2004
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Daniel J. Hamlow (Narita, Japan) - See all my reviews
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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. That is kind of sabotaged by Avery, who speaks in a charming manner to two Frenchman while using insulting words.
The only sympathetic and likeable character here is Jo Stockton, played by Audrey, of course, but the motivations of her character selling out by working for a fashion magazine, which is so phony, materialistic, and shallow, is questionable. Still, Audrey is a breathe of fresh air, whatever she wears.
As for the characters played by Fred Astaire and nightclub performer Kay Thompson (Maggie), they're not exactly laudable. Fred Astaire's Avery is nice but shallow, and the chemistry between him and Audrey isn't credible. At least he could still dance. His character is based on famed fashion photographer Richard Avedon, as indeed is some of the story, where Avedon trained and married one of his models. As for Thompson, her brusque, bossy, brash, and downright aggressive attitude does not endear her well. Not content with having her crew make a mess of the Embryo Bookstore in the beginning, she then has the nerve to push her outside until the photo shoot is finished! Her character is a cariacature of either Diana Vreeland of Vogue or Carmel Snow of Harper's Bazaar.
The costumes by Givenchy are great, as are the musical numbers by Gershwin, especially the "He Loves and She Loves" and "S'wonderful" numbers, both of which feature Fred and Audrey dancing together. BTW, Astaire and his sister Adele had already danced to this in the Broadway show of the same name back in 1927. And this is the first of three movies with director Stanley Donen for Audrey, the others being Charade and Two For The Road. Donen of course made Fred Astaire dance on the ceiling in Royal Wedding years before Lionel Richie did for MTV.
So, "what's wrong with bringing out a girl who has character, spirit, and intelligence?" Well, nothing if she's allowed to stay true to her beliefs. Dated by today's standards, due to its endorsement of shallow materialistic values as opposed to something more genuine and intellectual, redeemed by Audrey and some of the songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Movie Musicals...Ever, May 4 2002
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This review is from: Funny Face (VHS Tape)
Whenever I think of Paris, I want to see Funny Face again.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, poignant comedy, Aug. 19 2000
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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I knew I was going to love this film when I saw it at first. Kay Thompson strutting through that ridiculous-looking lobby and then bursting into song ("Think pink!") was enough to hook me.
The plotline is simply: Astaire plays a photographer who, after taking pictures of a model in a girl named Jo's bookstore, decides that Hepburn is the "new look." He convinces fashion empress Maggie Prescott to make Jo a model, and she quickly is whisked off to Paris. But Hepburn's character is no brainless fluff piece--more seriously than anything, Jo loves philosophy. There is a tangle of fashion, worldliness and philosophy before things are straightened out.
Never seen Fred Astaire before, but let me put this quickly: He's almost as good an actor as he is a dancer.
Hepburn is even better than usual in this movie. Not only does she shine alongside Astaire, but she also does a funky dance number in a cafe with a pair of great-looking French guys. Her musical numbers are great--who says she can't sing?
Kay Thompson is wonnnnnddeerful as the charmingly obnoxious Ms. Prescott--her entire brain is taken over with fashion and modeling ("Think pink!") She has the funniest lines in the entire movie.
There's also good-natured poking at the fashion industry, which I won't spoil for you. Needless to say that when you watch Marion the model for more than a minute, you'll be guffawing!
This movie is a gem! Buy it today, don't rent!
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3.0 out of 5 stars My Least Favorite Audrey Hepburn Movie, July 17 2000
This review is from: Funny Face (VHS Tape)
I feel that I should have really enjoyed this movie. After all, it is a musical and a love story, it takes place in Paris, and it has Audrey Hepburn as the star. Normally, only two of those need to apply and I am hooked.
Not to be misunderstood, there are some very good things about this movie. Audrey Hepburn is lovely, as always, and having to believe she is a model is not a stretch at all. The clothes she wears are gorgeous, and she is especially stunning in a white bridal gown. It is refreshing to hear her do her own singing and to see her perform a wacky dance number.
Besides Ms. Hepburn's presence, there are the beautiful scenes of Paris, Fred Astaire's dancing, and some lovely and some comical musical numbers. Add to that a nice little story about a nobody bookstore clerk becoming the belle of the modeling world, and this movie should be one of my hotpicks. I ask myself why did I come away disappointed after watching Funny Face.
Two aspects lacked in this movie. First, the love story lacked some writing. Yes, it makes sense that Audrey Hepburn's character would fall in love with her photographer, but why would the photographer fall in love with her? Second, Fred Astaire's character is not developed well at all. The most we learn about him is that he is a photographer. I lay this more at the writer's feet than Mr. Astaire's.
If you are looking for a really good Audrey Hepburn movie, I would pass on this one and watch My Fair Lady or Roman Holiday. If all you want is a good Stanley Donen musical, go for Singin' in the Rain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything a movie should be., June 15 2000
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This review is from: Funny Face (VHS Tape)
This was an impulse buy. The name Audrey Hepburn sold it to me, and Fred Astaire was an extra bonus. I went home and popped it in the VCR, not knowing what to expect. Would be be a great movie or just another dust collector?
I'll take the first one.
This movie was phenomonal. I can't see why it wasn't produced on stage, as it was originally intended to, because it is just one of those amazing feel good musicals with great music by those uncanny Gershwins. Audrey Hepburn played the part of Jo perfectly, but a lot of people complained about her singing. Sure, she didn't do too great, but she has always been noted to have been extremely insecure of that voice. You could tell she had it in her, just because you could hear it underneath that gentle coating she put on for her first solo. Fred Astaire doesn't need to be commented on, being that he gave the same kind of performance that every actor/singer would want to be remembered for. Together, the two were an sensational duo, and the ending only leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling. Supporting the two leads is the great Kay Thompson. As the unsinkable and head strong editor of 'Quality', she gives a performance that shows she belongs with the big-shots like Hepburn and Astaire. As a trio, especially in their sight-seeing number in Paris, they make the pieces fit together so well that it seems no one else should ever be allowed to touch the parts.
The script was great. Taking the three heros from busy New York to beautiful Paris for an adventure in modeling and philosophy, it develpps each of them - Hepburn and Astaire moreso than Thompson - to make them more human. When combined with the toe-tapping, finger-snapping music by George and Ira, this movie can only be called S'Wonderful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best of Audrey in gay Paris, Feb. 5 2000
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This review is from: Funny Face (VHS Tape)
One of many things Audrey Hepburn's movies are famous for is their romantic escapism to a Paris that only Audrey herself can really seem to appreciate. "Funny Face" is the most gaily painted and joyous of all her films that focus on that Parisian paradise.
It is a delight to see Audrey at her care-free best--something that is only enhanced by the presence of the great Fred Astaire. The dancing scenes are as fun and exciting as the rest of the film.
Being a musical, we get a glimpse of the terrible injustice done to Audrey when her voice was dubbed over for the songs in "My Fair Lady". Here, at least, we get a taste of the real thing and can perhaps imagine what "My Fair Lady" may have been like if its producers had not been so petty.
If you love musicals and you love Audrey, don't bother renting this film. Go right ahead and buy it. I guarantee you won't be displeased. Besides, you'll want to watch it over and over again anyway. I promise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Marvelous Movie!, Nov. 19 1999
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This review is from: Funny Face (VHS Tape)
Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn together on screen. Just that alone makes seeing this movie worthwhile. However, this film has a lot of other things going for it. To begin with, this film gives the fabulous Gershwin score a first class treatment. Astaie's version of the title song is definitive, and while no singer, Hepburn's rendition of "How Long Has This Been Going On" has a sensitivity and power that is quite hard to find in many musicals. Next, The lush Paris locales are simply beautiful. After decades of musicals that were done entirely on soundstages, it is a breath of fresh air to see the realism and freedom of space that on location shooting can bring to a film. Then, there's Kate Thompson. While Fred and Audrey are glorious, it's Ms. Thompson who's the real scene-stealer as the bossy magazine editor. She transforms "Think Pink" into a delightful Showstopper, and always gets the best lines. Enugh talk. Go see this movie. It's a treasure you won't soon forget.
P.S. If your wondering why I took off a star, it's because of the age difference between Astaire and Hepburn. Astaire was in his late 50's when he made this film, and Hepburn was not yet 30. I simply don't believe that their romance is reasonable. After a few great song and dance numbers, it's not really a big deal, but it's worth a star.
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