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Funny Face (50th Anniversary Edition) (Bilingual)
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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 --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 ›
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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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
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