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Funny Face (1957)


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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 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


Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy

Leonard Gershe

Apr 10, 2001

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (4) | DVD (22)

Sensation trumps cogitation-unsurprising in a Hollywood production-which doesn't negate the enduring allure of this beautiful bauble.

June 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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...can clunk like a tin can in the dryer. But hey, we're talking Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, so that's some mighty elegant slack we're willing to cut here.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source:
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Funny Face...teams Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn in a delightfully balmy romance.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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What is startling here is the eye-popping colour, the self-reflexive photography and visual effects, the dance sequences (Fred Astaire with his umbrella), and the witty and ingenious use of the Paris locations.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

If you're prepared to do a bit of revisionist thinking, it all makes sense.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Astaire could still dance up a storm, no doubt about it, and this has its moments.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian

It's an intermittently charming trifle with directorial style to burn in the place of any kind of satisfactory substance.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A timeless musical treat and the most fun you can have with really elegant clothes on.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

One of Hollywood's funniest, most stylish musicals, this breezy satire from 1957 thrives on the pairing of Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

...a sporadically engaging yet hopelessly erratic old-school musical.

November 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Bubbly, fashion-crazed Hepburn-Astaire musical.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Of her iconic films, Hepburn shines the most in Funny Face by focusing on what makes her beautiful.

March 5, 2009 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Despite some memorable musical numbers, gorgeous sets and energy galore, there's something about Funny Face that wasn't working for me, and it wasn't just the absurd idea about Audrey Hepburn being a frumpy bore.

February 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

I didn't appreciate every song-and-dance sequence, yet I could hardly keep my eyes off the screen for all the showy merriment going on.

January 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

One of Stanley Donen's most stylish and enjoyable films, this musical is a triumph for Astaire's spectacular dancing, Audrey Hepburn's elegant appearance, and the Gershwins splendid score.

January 1, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

one of the finest movie musicals of all time.

December 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

The Devil may wear Prada, but the rest of the fashion world wears pink, at least according to Stanley Donen's endearingly naive Funny Face.

September 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

At once more naturalistic and more stylized -- with Donen pushing Technicolor to the very limits of color saturation.

August 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A film crucial to understanding Hepburn's glorious gamine appeal and one of Astaire's best musicals of the 1950s.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

I could watch this classic over and over again

July 26, 2002
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Funny Face

Funny Face is probably the ultimate modern musical. It's been a huge influence on the genre and has also influenced a couple of non-musicals. The bohemian Cinderella story maybe a bit shaky at times but the choreography, costumes, make-up, profs, locations and overall beautiful direction are second to none. That's before you get to the brilliant music numbers and the fantastic performances. Fred Astaire is on full charm offensive, at first the obvious age gap between he and Audrey Hepburn makes for uneasy viewing but this doesn't last thanks to her maturity and his childishness. Audrey Hepburn is drop dead beautiful, far from the 'Funny Face' she's supposed to be but when compared to the magazine model of the day, she did have something of a revolutionary style about her. Both are sublime and the dance numbers they have together are among the best committed to film. However, it is Kay Thompson as the pushy yet over the top Maggie Prescott who really steals the show and makes the film 'one of the best'. Her performance is hilarious and she keeps up effortlessly when it comes to the singing and dancing scenes too. Why she appeared in very few films after is a mystery and a tragedy. Funny Face was so cutting edge for its time, I'm not sure why it isn't mentioned more when people talk of shifts in style and analyse decades in film. Funny Face has everything a great film needs and is in my opinion one of the quintessential films of the 1950's.
July 21, 2014

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Audrey Hepburn can't sing for crap (dubbed) but that beatnik dance scene stays with you forever, and the chemistry between her and Astaire makes this a classic.
September 9, 2010

Super Reviewer

Great dancing and some iconic songs but not the highlight of either of the two lead's careers. Full review later.
August 21, 2010
Thomas Bowler

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    1. Dick Avery: You are mad, aren't you?
    2. Jo Stockton: No, I'm not mad. I'm hurt, and disappointed, and... and mad.
    – Submitted by Kevin L (2 years ago)
    1. Jo Stockton: I have no desire to be kissed.
    – Submitted by Kevin L (2 years ago)
    1. Jo Stockton: Take the picture, take the picture!
    – Submitted by Kevin L (2 years ago)
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