Funny Face

Funny Face

DVD - 2011
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A young fashion photographer falls in love with a drab bookseller in this musical.
Publisher: [United States] : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2011
ISBN: 9781415757963
1415757968
Branch Call Number: DVD FUNNY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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ThomasJWhiting
Oct 25, 2016

GREAT DVD of 1957 film musical of 1927 Broadway musical by George and Ira Gershwin. Fred Astaire was in that production, too.
Yes, it has been dramatically revised but the Stanley Cohen and Eugene Loring staging and choreography are terrific. I particularly enjoyed Kay Thompson and Fred Astaire (with his fake beard) doing the 'Clap Yo' Hands' dance sequence. That Kay has a lot of 'bozazz' (boppish flavor of pizazz?).
And the cinema film of Paris locations is great!

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grsnovi
Aug 18, 2016

Old disk full of scratches didn't play all the way through.

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JoaBiblio
Jul 05, 2016

Too big the age difference between the characters.
Prefer better "Breakfast at Tiffany" and "Sabrina" probably better plots too.
Beautiful scene at the Louvre though.

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LadySade
Jun 06, 2016

Ever so often, I decide to watch the movies categorized as "classic musicals". I really like the singing, the dancing and especially the fashion! For the latter, this did not disappoint. I feasted my eyes on gorgeous outfits which Hepburn and other supporting cast displayed. The movie tried hard to convince us of romance between Hepburn and Astaire, but they were a sad mismatch and could not generate an iota of chemistry. This film is decent enough for the vintage fashion enthusiast but it cannot be anything above 3 stars.

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jfoxbooks
Mar 30, 2016

Any male that does not fall in love with Audery Hepburn after she signs "how long has this being going on" is in a coma. The dark room dance is pure Donan magic. Plus Kay Thompson, not a movie actress great supporting role. Ok not much plot

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

Jo, a bookish ingénue (Audrey Hepburn) is “discovered” by middle-aged commercial photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) and Maggie Prescott, the pushy editor of a woman’s magazine (Kay Thompson) who decide to make her the next big model whether she likes it or not. Whisking her off to Paris for an exclusive fashion shoot Maggie can’t wait to cash in on the mousy naif’s natural beauty but an innocent kiss between model and photographer quickly (somewhat too quickly) blossoms into romance leading to all sorts of complications when Jo’s fascination for a local beatnik philosopher throws Dick into a jealous tailspin. Although buoyed by a few hummable Gershwin melodies and some lively dance numbers (Hepburn twerks it out beat-style in a smoky nightclub while Astaire does what he does best) this remains pure widescreen fluff that’s easy on the eye then quickly forgotten. The camp humour and 50s decor is pure kitsch, the Parisian backdrops suitably dreamy, but the forced love affair between Hepburn and Astaire (thirty years her senior) is both awkward and ludicrous (unless you’re Celine Dion).

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lukasevansherman
Jan 28, 2014

Director Stanley Donen brings a similar splashy, tongue in cheek approach to fashion as he did to filmmaking in the far superior "Singing in the Rain." Audrey Hepburn plays an intellectual bookstore worker who is transformed into a model (shades of "My Fair Lady") by photographer Fred Astaire. Much of it is set in Paris. For every one successful musical number, there's a sappy one like "He Loves and She Loves." Astaire has lost a step, but is still dapper and agile and Hepburn is charming as always, but they are an unlikely couple (he's old enough to be her father for one) and there's no real chemistry. The shots at French philosophy seem pretty cheap. Worth it for the design and costumes and Kay Thompson's sharp portrayal of a fashion editor (shades of "The Devil Wears Prada"). The extraordinary behind the camera talent includes the Gershwins, costume icon Edith Head, photographer Richard Avedon and Givenchy.

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CharlesPonzi
Jun 22, 2013

An Astaire/Hepburn classic.

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forever_ice17
Jun 11, 2013

For Audrey and that wonderful Winged Victory scene I give this four stars. Otherwise, Audrey Hepburn die hards only. This film has not aged well. Two stars.

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VRMurphy
Jul 14, 2012

The movie hasn't aged well, but the dance numbers are terrific.

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nadian Feb 28, 2010

Every girl on every page of Quality has grace, elegance, and pizazz. Now what's wrong with bringing out a girl who has character, spirit, and intelligence?
That certainly would be novel in a fashion magazine.

nadian Feb 28, 2010

She put herself in your place - all you have to do is put yourself in her place, and you're *bound* to bump into each other in somebody's place.

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