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Funny Face Movie Review

By | Jan. 2013
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There are pictures about the existence of which you know from the very childhood. Those are masterpieces of the last century which have been still living nowadays. One of such chefs-d'oeuvre is the musical Funny Face.

The play Funny Attractive Face had been already staged in 1927 on Broadway. The title, the main song and four items of the program were taken from that play for movie known as Funny Face nowadays. The plot of the musical was mostly changed to Wedding Day (1951).

Wedding Day was the Broadway musical play by Leonard Gershe, loosely based on affairs in his friend Avedon's life. Roger Edens, the producer of Metro Goldwyn Mayer bought the play for their studio with Astaire and Hepburn in mind. With uncommon generosity, Arthur Freed, the musical producer allowed Edens to take Funny Face to Paramount. In 1957, the world, at last saw that marvelous movie. The motion picture was written by Leonard Gershe, produced by Roger Edens and directed by Stanley Donen. Richard Avedon inspired Gershe's story with his innovative photographs of haute couture and was, thus, hired as "special visual consultant" for Funny Face. The movie stars Audrey Hepburn (Jo Stockton), Fred Astaire (Dick Avery), Kay Thompson (Maggie Prescott), Robert Flamyng Paul Duval) and Michel Auclair (Prof.Floster). The genre of it can be defined as musical, romance and comedy. The picture admires us with the most beautiful places of New York or Paris and the final act “Bonjour, Paris” has been shot against the background of the Eiffel Tower.

An unforgettable dance performed by Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, the catwalk of Miss Hepburn's dresses by Givenchy, couple of witty jokes…all these give the style and lightness to the film Funny Face.

With a simple plot, reminding the story of Cinderella, the events of the movie begin in New York City within the bureaus of the famous fashion magazine named Quality. Its President, Maggie Prescott is the woman who rules what the fashions of the day...
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