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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, All Movie Guide
- Audrey Hepburn
- Fred Astaire
- Kay Thompson
- Michel Auclair
- Robert Flemyng
- Suzy Parker
- Sunny Hartnett
- Jean Del Val
- Virginia Gibson
Did You Know?
- The soggy weather played havoc with the shooting of the wedding dress dance scene. Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn were continually slipping in the muddy and slippery grass. Hepburn sings several songs. Her next full musical, My Fair Lady (1964), would see her voice overdubbed, much to her disappointment.
- When photographing in the book store, the assistant does not pull the dark slide far enough out of the 8 x 10 film holder to expose the entire sheet of film.
- Maggie Prescott: She put herself in your place. All you have to do is put yourself in her place, and the two of you are BOUND to run into each other in SOMEBODY'S place.
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