Friday, 24 June 2016

Film Friday: Funny Face 1957

The next film on my DVD shelf is 1957's Funny Face.

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An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk. 

Funny Face is a 1957 musical romantic comedy directed by Stanley Donen and written by Leonard Gershe, containing assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Although having the same title as the 1927 Broadway musical Funny Face by the Gershwin brothers, and featuring the same male star (Fred Astaire), the plot is totally different and only four of the songs from the stage musical are included. 
Alongside Astaire, the film stars Audrey Hepburn and Kay Thompson.

In order to secure Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire on the cast, producers told each the other was already signed, figuring they would not pass up the opportunity to work together. 

Fred Astaire's character is based on photographer Richard Avedon. In fact, it is Avedon who set up most of the photography for this film, including the famous face portrait of Audrey Hepburn unveiled during the dark room sequence. 

Audrey Hepburn was offered the lead role in Gigi (1958) but turned it down to make this movie. 

Ditzy model Marion is played by Dovima, who was one of the top fashion models of the day and often worked with Richard Avedon. 

Did you know ... Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, Audrey Hepburn's mother, featured as a sidewalk cafe patron.