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Funny Face (1957 Film) Soundtrack

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Overture Medley: Funny FaceFred Astaire & Kay Thompson 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. How Long Has This Been Going On?Audrey Hepburn 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. How Long Has This Been Going On? (Reprise)Audrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Funny FaceFred Astaire 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Bonjour, ParisAudrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Clap Yo' HandsFred Astaire & Kay Thompson 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. He Loves And She LovesFred Astaire 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Bonjour, ParisAudrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. On How To Be LovelyAudrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Basal Metabolism (Based On How Long Has This Been Going On)Fred Astaire 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Let's Kiss And Make UpFred Astaire 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. 'S WonderfulAudrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000472J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TB on March 22, 2007
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I was never a real `fan' of musicals until I saw Funny Face. Even then, it took a second viewing for it to really sink in. While not as exuberant as Singin' in the Rain or as grandiose as My Fair Lady, it holds a special place in Audrey Hepburn's heart as one of the most enjoyable performances of her career--and it shows. Audrey only had to play herself to portray Jo, the pearl trapped inside the shell of self-doubt. In many ways, this mirrored her real life at the time. Reflecting her desire for something light after the grueling War & Peace of 1955, the film is bursting at the seams with energy throughout.

Sound quality-wise, the recording does leave a little to be desired. Though not pulled directly from the film as some may indicate, but rather the recording sessions that make up the film's soundtrack, it is identical to what you'll hear while watching it. This would be a prime candidate for a remaster.

On to the tracks! If you're reading this review, you have probably seen the film, but I feel like writing a bit for each one as a reminder.

1) Overture: Funny Face/'S Wonderful/Think Pink

Welcome to Funny Face! As the track begins, the listener expects an orchestral arrangement of the highlights; however, Fred Astaire politely interjects. We're treated to a slightly up-tempo and jazzier version of the title track, which melds into a dreamlike choral interpretation of "`S Wonderful". Also included is Kay Thompson's classic "Think Pink," which makes you wonder why it didn't receive a track of its own.

2) How Long Has This Been Going On?

A close tie with Moon River as my favorite vocal performance of all time from Audrey Hepburn, "How Long..." encapsulates the essence of Jo at the beginning of the film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I loved this soundtrack, mostly because I love the movie. Fred Astaire gives Gershwin's songs his usual warm style and Hepburn delights with her soft unique vocals; however, this cd may not be the best choice for everyone seeking songs from Funny Face. The clips of dialogue, which do display the experience of the film, also take away from the cd's music listening aspect. It helps tell the story, but takes away from the listening enjoyment of the common listener. If you don't mind dialogue in your music, like me, then this is for you. If not try getting a cd with Funny Face's wonderful songs on it. There are many cds with such songs sung by Fred Astaire and his sister Adele from the production of Funny Face they were in on Broadway during the 1920's.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 25, 2003
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FUNNY FACE is still regarded as one of the most enjoyable movie musicals ever made, with a top-notch cast headed by Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson and Audrey Hepburn, with a perfect Paris location. The soundtrack album of the film is a particular delight.
Fred Astaire croons and breezes his way through numbers like the Title Song, "S'Wonderful" and "Let's Kiss and Make Up". Legendary song-stylist and arranger Kay Thompson (who had also worked as a vocal coach to many of the big M-G-M musical stars) brings down the house with her show-stopping "Think Pink", as well as her engergetic 11 o'clock number "Clap Yo' Hands". She later instructs Audrey in the finer points of womanhood in "On How to Be Lovely".
Audrey Hepburn is charming as Jo Stockton, the 'dowdy, bookish intellectual shopgirl' (as she was referred to in the original ad campaign for the film), and sings an affecting version of "How Long Has This Been Going On?", and joins Astaire and Thompson for "Bonjour Paris!", a fast-paced valentine to the City of Lights.
FUNNY FACE has been reissued here complete with the original Verve logo and liner notes. The remastering job is quite patchy, though lovers of this soundtrack will just be happy with having it in their collections.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Strom on January 9, 2000
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I got this record in 1963 and wore the thing out. I never even saw the movie until the 1980s, and was thrilled. The music is wonderful, the album is well composed so you don't need to be familiar with the movie to enjoy it. Good Sunday music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 30, 2006
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I agree mostly with the other reviews, but am amazed that none mentions the glaring omission from this soundtrack Kay Thompson's show stopping number "Think Pink". It is even more disappointing when one realizes how this soundtrack was created. Taking the people who sung the songs in the movie into a recording studio, and re-recording the score, with a full orchestra behind them, is the way some motion picture soundtracks are created. Sometimes, as in the case of "Funny Face", sound engineers simply lift the musical numbers from the audio track of the film, and transfer them onto new tape to create the soundtrack one buys in the stores. So, what you hear at home on your stereo is exactly what you hear when you watch the film.

This being the case with "Funny Face", how easy it would have been to transfer Kay's wonderful number. I could have understood if they'd re-recorded it and she was unavailable, but since all they had to do was take a song already recorded and transfer it, I cannot. If you haven't seen the film, watch for this tune early in the picture and you will see what I mean, and perhaps you'll be as disappointed as I am at the decision to exclude it from the soundtrack, and will understand why I can only give 3 stars to an album I would have otherwise given 5 to.
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