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  • Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng
  • Directors: Stanley Donen
  • Writers: Leonard Gershe
  • Producers: Roger Edens
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ALMH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,849 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Funny Face" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

I recomend to any fan.
Some may think that "Funny Face" is nothing more than fluff, but it was produced to entertain with color, fashion, music, dance and comedy and it does so very well.
M. Hart
They just don't make them like this anymore!!!

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132 of 142 people found the following review helpful By M. Hart on January 9, 2003
Format: DVD
In 1957, Paramount produced a very enjoyable musical comedy called "Funny Face", directed by Stanley Donen, and to the music of George Gershwin, Adolph Deutsch, Roger Edens and Leonard Gershe. With a simple plot, the film begins in New York City within the offices of the major fashion magazine named "Quality". Its president, Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson), is determined to find a new way to promote the magazine. In a moment of inspiration, she comes up with the slogan "Think pink," and breaks into song praising the color pink and saying that everything (from women's clothing, soap, furniture, etc.) must be pink. Of course, she "wouldn't be caught dead" in it.
Moving on to another magazine project, Maggie wants to find the perfect spot to photograph one of the magazine's models named Marion (Dovima, who was a major fashion model in the 1950's working closely with photographer Richard Avedon. This was her only film.). An assistant suggests that they go to a bookstore in Greenwich Village to create an intellectual atmosphere. Maggie, Marion, a host of Maggie's staff all in pink and the magazines head photographer, Dick Avery (Fred Astaire), force their way into a dingy, but quiet, bookstore along with all of their equipment. A store employee, Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) protests the uninvited intrusion vehemently, but the "Quality" magazine army locks her out of the store to work undisturbed. After several hours, the "Quality" mob vacates, but the books and store are left in a shambles for Jo to clean up. Dick offers his help to clean the store, but Jo refuses. After Dick leaves, Jo proceeds to sing another wonderful song in the film, "How Long Has This Been Going On?"
Maggie decides that "Quality" must find a real "Quality woman" to represent the magazine and it isn't Marion.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Unlucky Frank on March 20, 2005
Format: DVD
My third favorite musical of all time following WEST SIDE STORY and SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. And why shouldn't it be, it's directed by SINGIN' IN THE RAIN's Stanley Donen. It's got Audrey Hepburn, the greatest movie star of all time. Unlike MY FAIR LADY, Audrey actually gets to sing in this one. It's got Fred Astaire, the greatest song and danceman ever to grace the silver screen. It contains one of the greatest solo dance routines Fred has ever done. A great romantic pairing with Fred and Audrey in a Parisian park that will bring tears to your eyes. Some weird 50's beatnik humor. The best photography of Paris I've ever seen. And a great score, mostly by George and Ira Gershwin. So, what's not to like?

THE TRANSFER IS GOD AWFUL!! Washed out color and a horribly grainy look that all but spoils this wonderful film.

IF EVER A CLASSIC FILM NEEDED RESTORATION, THIS IS IT!! Please, would someone get a hold of this masterpiece of romantic musical comedy and do it the justice it deserves. ANYTHING LESS WOULD BE A CRIME.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I don't think I've ever seen a good print of this film till I bought the DVD, which is fabulous! I'm not a die-hard Audrey Hepburn fan, but she is very charming and looks fabulous in the fashions. I love the ability to skip the numbers I don't like with the DVD since I find this a very uneven film. When it is good it is nearly flawless (and that's most of the time--opening credits, Think Pink, Funny Face, Bonjour Paris, The Photo Shoots, S'Wonderful, the final fashion show) but when it is bad it is horrid (a 60 year old Fred Astaire trying to be a beatnik, Fred's unending "matador" dance number, the whole plot with the Professor, Clap Yo'Hands). I was disappointed in the additional features--the original trailer is ho hum and the Paramount "documentary" is really just an extended sales pitch with bad stock footage. Where's an interview with the great Stanley Donen? Still, overall well worth purchasing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Donato on September 23, 2004
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For years I'd heard about this film. I'm a fan of Audrey Hepburn, not particularly of Astaire, but got a deal on the DVD so what the heck. I was surprised at how good this 1957 picture really is. Here are the ingredients: Hepburn, Astaire, songs by the Gershwins, Paris locations, high fashion, an Eliza Doolittle-like transformation, and (the real kicker) KAY THOMPSON. This woman is worth the price alone. A cross between Eve Arden and, maybe, Bea Arthur, Kay was a renaissance woman: vocal arranger, singer, pianist, actress, songwriter, and author of the "Eloise" books (an illustrated series of so-called children's books concerning a spoiled little girl who lives at the Plaza in New York.) Thompson died in 1998 in her 90's, and FUNNY FACE serves as a lasting tribute to one facet of her talent. Not bad, considering the star power she's up against in this wonderful Stanley Donen film. Trust me, this picture is like eating a rich dessert, in secret, while on a strict diet.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 4, 2005
Format: DVD
FUNNY FACE is the Paramount movie musical at it's height. The simple story concerns "dowdy, bookish intellectual shopgirl" Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) who unwittingly gets turned into the most chic fashion model in the world. The editor of `Quality Magazine' Miss Prescott (Kay Thompson) and photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) join Jo as she makes her big debut in Paris. Though Jo would rather be enjoying herself at one of the beatnik bars dancing to "Basal Metabolism"! Audrey Hepburn (refeshingly un-dubbed) sings all her own numbers and displays a winning and easy singing voice (though I can understand why she was later dubbed for MY FAIR LADY). She also gets to make use of her early dance training with some great numbers ("S'Wonderful", "He Loves and She Loves" and "How Long Has This Been Going On?"). Kay Thompson, that delicious, hilarious vivacious creature, gets a two bonafide showstoppers - "Think Pink" and "Clap Yo' Hands" - and delivers them in her best style. Fred Astaire ably accompanies Miss Hepburn and Miss Thompson with the dizzying "Bonjour Paris". Fabulous costumes from Givenchy. I can't recommend this gem highly enough!
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