Funny Face details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Suzy Parker, Kay Thompson, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Flemyng, Fred Astaire, Michel Auclair|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 43 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Sep 2001|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Funny FaceBy SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 13 May 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Fashion magazine Quality is looking for a girl who can represent everything it stands for. Photographer Dick Avery (Astaire) thinks he has found her on a location photo shoot in a bookstore. So store clerk Jo Stockton (Hepburn) becomes the 'Quality woman' and is whisked off to Paris to be a model. Unfortunately, while in Paris, she's more interested in hearing philosophers speak and in her burgeoning romance with Avery than in being a clothes horse.
Funny Face is a film unmistakably of its time and this is both a good and a bad thing. The satire of the then trendy philosophy (though I'm sure 'empathicalism' is made up) is often silly and wearing and takes away from the charm of the rest of the film much of the time but this is the only big problem with Funny Face and the philosophy is hardly the focus of the film
As a musical it's a bit of a mixed bag, with a few weak numbers like the opener 'Think Pink' but these pale in significance in comparison to the stronger songs like Hepburn's solo 'How Long Has This Been Going On?', the title number '(I Love Your) Funny Face', which is fantastically designed and lit with the red bulb in a darkroom by Donen. The standouts, though, are the wonderful 'Bonjour Paris' which cuts between Hepburn, Astaire and Thompson at various locations in Paris, often using split screen sequences of the three of them doing the same dance steps in perfect sync and 'On How To Be Charming' (As if Hepburn ever needed tips on this) which does exactly what it says on the tin.
The dancing is the strongest suit of the film. While Astaire (at 58!!) is still moving with all the grace he had in his younger days and has several amazing dance sequences it is Hepburn's lithe, sexy Basal Metabolism dance that makes the whole film worth watching.
Funny Face is, at it's heart, fluff and this means that there are a lot of implausibilities you have to reconcile to enjoy it. Hepburn and Astaire look odd as a romantic couple but their dance sequences are beautiful and do help you to buy the relationship somewhat. The other problem is that Hepburn isn't meant to be beautiful in the first half of the film which, frankly, is ridiculous as, if anything, she looks better with the minimal make up of her bookish character than she does painted up as a model (though the sequence in which Astaire is taking pictures of her around Paris has several moments where she's just jaw droppingly goregous.)
Funny Face isn't perfect, it's silly fluff but it's done with real style and it's never less than entertaining and can certainly be recommended.
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Fabulous filmBy a customer , 29 May 2013I love this film. Great views of 1950s Paris, great Isetta bubble car! Great for fashion lovers. They say the fashion editor in this film is based on legendary Vogue fashion editor Diana Vreeland (Diana was the real deal - Anna Wintour who!!!). I don't like musicals but there isn;t much singing. This is a girls' film though - not very blokey! Can't believe it isn't more of a classic. Not that dissimilar to Two For the Road also starring Hepburn, I love that film too.
Delightful "Funny Face"By a customer , 11 Mar 2013Stanley Donen's delightful 'Funny Face' is a witty, sophisticated, and extremely stylish satire on the world of 50s high fashion. Audrey Hepburn stars as Jo, a dowdy book store clerk chosen by fashion photographer Dick Avery (the evergreen, ever elegant Fred Astaire) to be the new 'face' of a high class New York magazine. Whisked off to Paris for an extended fashion shoot and promotion by Avery and his editor, trouble starts when Jo finds the allure of a Bohemian lifestyle hard to resist... Hepburn, who dances and does her own singing here, is a delight in a role that looks tailor-made for her. As for Astaire, what can one say that hasn't already been said? The man is simply a legend, and here those dazzling singing and dancing skills look and sound as exhilarating as ever. Throw in a load of terrific songs by the great Gershwin brothers, terrific support from Kay Thompson, and sumptuous photography, and you have all the ingredients of a wonderfully entertaining 'feel good' film. If this can't cheer you up on a rainy day, it's hard to imagine what could. An unqualified treat.
Flat predictable musical!By Carsey (89 reviews) from Wisbech , 28 Sep 2009I hired this film through recommendation and really wish i hadn't! the cast alone should have brought a bit of spark to the film but apart from a few belly laughs no spark was present.
The film was predictable from the off set and although it has definately inspired such things as The Devil Wears Prada and Ugly betty (dont like those either) it is still very dull, which is a odd way of descibing the film as it is extremely colourful!
Audrey Hepburn plays a gullible bookstore assistant who stumbles upon an opportunity to become a model for a major fashion mag, Fred Astaire plays her love interest and from bookstore assistant to thriving model there are a few musical numbers along the way, which again are dull and forgetful. Even Fred Astaires dance routines look like he is having a fit on the floor.
Overall the songs are flat, story is predictable and Fred Astaire looks about 20 years to old for Miss Hepburn!
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Funny FaceBy Miriam from Ealing, London , 19 Jul 2009I loved everything about this film, the songs and the dancing.
Astaire was a dancing genius. His toreador dance was tremendous, as was his dance with Kay Thompson in the nightclub. His dance with Audrey Hepburn in the churchyard, was so wonderful, it brought tears to my eyes.
January and December - a blend of the Devil Wears Prada and Ugly BettyBy a customer from London , 26 Sep 2008Audrey Hepburn is so much more attractive than any of iour current movie stars its a pleasure just watching her accomplish all the strange situations she has to cope with throughout the film. The plot line is weak and predictable but the dialogue is occasionally witty. The main draw of this classic film is the beautiful sets, colour , dancing and costumes. We are not really convinced that a very old Fred Astaire and a very young Audrey Hepburn can possibly be in love, but their partnership in dance is a delight.
Its very slow too- so set aside an evening and let yourself be drawn into the 50's.