Funny Face (1957) Film Review A+

Funny Face
DIRECTOR Stanley Donen
BOTTOM LINE: “Funny Face, “the 1957 musical romantic comedy directed by Stanley Donen, boasts Audrey Hepburn’s most charming screen performance. Looking fabulous in black during the movie’s first half, she plays a lowly book clerk in a Greenwich village store who is “discovered” by Fred Astaire’s Avedon-inspired photographer Fred Avery and whisked off to Paris for Fashion Week. Writer Leonard Gershe and producer Roger Edens were one of Hollywood’s A-lister gay couples during the 1950s and ’60s. And here they collaborate on two marvelous musical numbers: Think Pink and Bonjour Paris. In the former,  Kay Thompson’s Maggie Prescott, the lesbian doyenne of the New York fashion world, unveils her vision for the year ahead (immortal line: “think pink…..bury the beige!”) and “Bonjour, Paris,” in which Audrey, Fred, and Kay, individually, and in concert, celebrate their arrival in Paris (immortal line: the rhyming of Montmartre and Jean-Paul Sartre“). The rest of the songs in the movie are by George and Ira Gershwin and include such classics as “How Long Has This Been Going On?” and “S’Wonderful.”
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