Funny Face
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Funny Face

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Director: Stanley Donen

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson

     
 

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This filmed version of the 1927 George Gershwin Broadway musical Funny Face utilizes the play's original star, Fred Astaire, and several of the original tunes, then goes merrily off on its own. Astaire is cast as as fashion photographer Dick Avery (a character based on Richard Avedon, the film's "visual consultant"), who is sent out by his female boss MaggieSee more details below

Overview

This filmed version of the 1927 George Gershwin Broadway musical Funny Face utilizes the play's original star, Fred Astaire, and several of the original tunes, then goes merrily off on its own. Astaire is cast as as fashion photographer Dick Avery (a character based on Richard Avedon, the film's "visual consultant"), who is sent out by his female boss Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) to find a "new face." It doesn't take Dick long to discover Jo (Audrey Hepburn, who does her own singing), an owlish Greenwich Village bookstore clerk. Acting as Pygmalion to Jo's Galatea, Dick whisks the wide-eyed girl off to Paris and transforms her into the fashion world's hottest model. Along the way, he falls in love with Jo, and works overtime to wean her away from such phony-baloney intellectuals as Professor Emile Flostre (Michel Auclair). The Gershwin tunes include the title song, "S'wonderful," "How Long Has This Been Going On" and "He Loves and She Loves"; among the newer numbers is Kay Thompson's energetic opener "Think Pink." For years available only in washed-out, flat prints, Funny Face was eventually restored to its full Technicolor and VistaVision glory.

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All Movie Guide
The Paris fashion scene is rendered in broad, cartoonish glory by director Stanley Donen in Audrey Hepburn's first attempt at a major studio musical. Hepburn's American naif is discovered in a bookstore by photographer Dick Avery (played by Fred Astaire, in a deliberate homage to Richard Avedon), who romances her into the role of his It girl. Donen satirizes the fashion industry as gently as he did the movie business in Singin' in the Rain, poking fun at the milieu without diminishing its escapist glamour. The candy-colored sets and stellar George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin songbook, including "S'wonderful" and Kay Thompson's witty rendition of "Think Pink," are Funny Face's most lasting qualities. The musical's strengths are enough to make one overlook the preposterous gulf between the ages of the two leads, or the script's facile, anti-intellectual subplot. Michael Hastings
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
The Paris fashion scene is rendered in broad, cartoonish glory by director Stanley Donen in Audrey Hepburn's first attempt at a major studio musical. Hepburn's American naif is discovered in a bookstore by photographer Dick Avery (played by Fred Astaire, in a deliberate homage to Richard Avedon), who romances her into the role of his It girl. Donen satirizes the fashion industry as gently as he did the movie business in Singin' in the Rain, poking fun at the milieu without diminishing its escapist glamour. The candy-colored sets and stellar George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin songbook -- including "S'wonderful" and Kay Thompson's witty rendition of "Think Pink" -- are Funny Face's most lasting qualities. The musical's strengths are enough to make one overlook the preposterous gulf between the ages of the two leads, or the script's facile, anti-intellectual subplot.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2009
UPC:
0097361405346
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 1: ; None specified; ; Disc 2: ; Kay Thompson: "Think Pink"; This Is VistaVision; Fashion Photographers Exposed; The Fashion Designer and His Muse; Parisian Dreams; Paramount in the '50s - Retrospective featurette; Original theatrical trailer; Photo galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Audrey Hepburn Jo Stockton
Fred Astaire Dick Avery
Kay Thompson Maggie Prescott
Michel Auclair Prof. Emile Flostre
Robert Flemyng Paul Duval
Virginia Gibson Babs
Suzy Parker Specialty Dancer
Sue England Laura
Sunny Harnett Specialty Dancer
Ruta Lee Lettie
Jean del Val Hairdresser
Alex Gerry Dovitch
Iphigenie Castiglioni Armande
Paul Smith Steve
Elizabeth Slifer Mme. La Farge
Karen Scott Gigi
Don Powell Actor
Emilie Stevens Assistant Dance Director
Karine Nordman French Girl
Cecile Rogers Junior Editor
Jerry Lucas Bruiser
Heather Hopper Actor
Nancy Kilgas Melissa
Donald Lawton Airport Clerk
Elsa Peterson Woman Buyer
Marilyn White Receptionist
Peter Camlin Man Buyer
Jan Bradley Crying Girl
Jack Chefe Frenchman
Jerry Chiat Man on Head
Genevieve Aumont French Actress
Nina Borget Assistant Hairdresser
Fern Barry Southern Wife
Nesdon Booth Southern Man
Albert Godderis Seedy Man
Diane Du Bois Mimi
Dovima Marion
Carole Eastman Actor
Louise Glenn Junior Editor
Claudette Colbert Actor
Gabriel Curtiz Man Next to Hand Stand
Marcel dela Brosse Actor
Albert D'Arno Beautician
George Dee Seedy Man
Adolph Deutsch Conductor

Technical Credits
Stanley Donen Director
Fred Astaire Choreography
Frank Bracht Editor
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Alexander Courage Musical Arrangement
George W. Davis Art Director
Hubert de Givenchy Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Edens Producer
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Leonard Gershe Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray June Cinematographer
Eugene Loring Choreography
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
Wally Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Funny Face: Feature Film
1. Chapter 1 [1:52]
2. Chapter 2 [4:58]
3. Chapter 3 [7:06]
4. Chapter 4 [3:11]
5. Chapter 5 [4:23]
6. Chapter 6 [4:48]
7. Chapter 7 [6:18]
8. Chapter 8 [6:25]
9. Chapter 9 [8:21]
10. Chapter 10 [2:36]
11. Chapter 11 [4:45]
12. Chapter 12 [7:23]
13. Chapter 13 [8:08]
14. Chapter 14 [3:43]
15. Chapter 15 [4:52]
16. Chapter 16 [3:58]
17. Chapter 17 [7:30]
18. Chapter 18 [4:25]
19. Chapter 19 [4:25]

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