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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 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Audrey Hepburn
as Jo Stockton
Fred Astaire
as Dick Avery
Kay Thompson
as Maggie Prescott
Robert Flemyng
as Paul Duval
Dovima
as Marion
Suzy Parker
as Specialty Dancer
Don Powell
as Specialty Dancer
Sunny Harnett
as Specialty Dancer
Ruta Lee
as Lettie
Alex Gerry
as Dovitch
Jean Del Val
as Hairdresser
Albert D'Arno
as Beautician
Nina Borget
as Assistant Hairdresser
Marilyn White
as Receptionist
Dorothy Colbert
as Receptionist
Louise Glenn
as Junior Editor
Heather Hopper
as Junior Editor
Cecile Rogers
as Junior Editor
Nancy Kilgas
as Melissa
Emilie Stevens
as Assistant Dance Director
Gabriel Curtiz
as Man Next to Hand Stand
Elizabeth Slifer
as Mme. La Farge
Donald Lawton
as Airport Clerk
Karine Nordman
as French Girl
Genevieve Aumont
as French Actress
Nesdon Booth
as Southern Man
George Dee
as Seedy Man
Albert Godderis
as Seedy Man
Jerry Lucas
as Bruiser
Jack Chefe
as Frenchman
Carole Eastman
as Specialty Dancer
Jan Bradley
as Crying Girl
Jerry Chiat
as Man on Head
Fern Barry
as Southern Wife
Michel Auclair
as Prof. Emile Flostre
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Critic Reviews for Funny Face

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | June 26, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

...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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Film.com
Top Critic

Funny Face...teams Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn in a delightfully balmy romance.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Independent (UK)

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
London Evening Standard

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

Full Review… | February 27, 2014

Audience Reviews for Funny Face

I love Audrey Hepburn. I like Fred Astaire. I like director Stanley Donen. I love musicals. I hate "Funny Face." Watching "Funny Face" was like overdosing on sugar. You might be like, 'Steven? How can you hate "Funny Face" and like something like "High School Musical?"' Well, my answer is easy. With a movie like "High School Musical" the songs are helping tell the story and let you connect to the narrative and the characters. (Um, like ANY good musical) The songs in "Funny Face" have so little to do with the overall arc that when they happen (and they happen about every 5 minutes) the entire film has to stop. "Funny Face" seems like it runs 3 hours. Sure, Hepburn and Astaire are likable, like always, but they are really sticking to their wheelhouse here. There is nothing new and everything else is so schmaltzy that it renders the entire thing pat. "Funny Face" is just too silly, too tiresome and too meandering for me to actually enjoy.

Steven Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

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.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

Great dancing and some iconic songs but not the highlight of either of the two lead's careers. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

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