Funny Face (1957) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –
Stanley Donen directed some of the most memorable movie musicals in cinematic history.  Perhaps his most iconic film is Singin’ in the Rain (1952).  Because of his skills as a director, he purposely chose film legend Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn (who was a rising star during the 1950s) to star in one of the most glamorous musicals of that decade.  The final result is a delightful musical-comedy called Funny Face (1957), a film that continues to enchant audiences even after its original release sixty years ago (as of 2017).
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This musical is absolutely glamorous!  It is a bit of a shame that it left the Oscars empty-handed because it definitely deserved its four nominations for “Original Screenplay,” “Art Direction,” “Cinematography”, and “Costume Design.”  Most people associate Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers, but Audrey Hepburn actually makes a great partner for the legendary Fred Astaire even though this was her first movie musical.  Nevertheless, Audrey Hepburn lights up the screen against a gorgeous Paris backdrop in a film that is “s’wonderful” and “s’marvelous.”
Right after winning the Academy Award for her film debut in Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn went on to have a successful career until her unfortunate passing in 1993.  She might have been more memorable in films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), but Funny Face should not go unnoticed.  In fact, there is nothing “funny” about Hepburn’s face because she looks absolutely stunning in this marvelous picture.  Her iconic dance scene in her signature black leotard has also been used in a GAP commercial (and that was before she donned on her signature black dress when she played Holly Golightly.)  Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn really did form a dynamic duo as they sang and danced throughout the streets of Paris in this musical gem.

Funny Face (1957) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time Kay Thompson sings the phrase, “Think pink!”
Take a Drink: every time Fred Astaire photographs Audrey Hepburn (and also have additional drinks when she repeatedly exclaims “Take the picture!,” but not literally, of course.)
Drink a Shot: whenever the phrase “s’wonderful…s’marvelous…” is sung

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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