Funny Face (1957)
Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 4
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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
Feb 13, 1957 Limited
Apr 10, 2001
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Sensation trumps cogitation-unsurprising in a Hollywood production-which doesn't negate the enduring allure of this beautiful bauble.
...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.
Funny Face...teams Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn in a delightfully balmy romance.
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.
If you're prepared to do a bit of revisionist thinking, it all makes sense.
Astaire could still dance up a storm, no doubt about it, and this has its moments.
It's an intermittently charming trifle with directorial style to burn in the place of any kind of satisfactory substance.
A timeless musical treat and the most fun you can have with really elegant clothes on.
One of Hollywood's funniest, most stylish musicals, this breezy satire from 1957 thrives on the pairing of Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.
Of her iconic films, Hepburn shines the most in Funny Face by focusing on what makes her beautiful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At once more naturalistic and more stylized -- with Donen pushing Technicolor to the very limits of color saturation.
A film crucial to understanding Hepburn's glorious gamine appeal and one of Astaire's best musicals of the 1950s.
I could watch this classic over and over again
Audience Reviews for Funny Face
- Dick Avery: You are mad, aren't you?
- Jo Stockton: No, I'm not mad. I'm hurt, and disappointed, and... and mad.
- Jo Stockton: I have no desire to be kissed.
- Jo Stockton: Take the picture, take the picture!
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