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Funny Face Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

This filmed version of the 1927 [[Performer~P91359~George Gershwin~georgegershwin]] 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 [[Performer~P199688~Richard Avedon~richardavedon]], 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 ([[Performer~P31869~Audrey Hepburn~audreyhepburn]], 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 ([[Performer~P2797~Michel Auclair~michelauclair]]). The [[Performer~P91359~Gershwin~georgegershwin]] 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 13, 1957

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leonard Gershe Best Original Screenplay 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray Moyer Best Art Direction 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sam Comer Best Art Direction 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edith Head Best Costume Design 1957 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Stanley Donen Best Director 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hal Pereira Best Art Direction 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray June Best Cinematography 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George W. Davis Best Art Direction 1957 Nominee

Cast

Audrey Hepburn
as Jo Stockton
Fred Astaire
as Dick Avery
Kay Thompson
as Maggie Prescott
Michel Auclair
as Prof. Emile Flostre
Robert Flemyng
as Paul Duval
Virginia Gibson
as Babs
Suzy Parker
as Specialty Dancer
Sue England
as Laura
Sunny Harnett
as Specialty Dancer
Ruta Lee
as Lettie
Jean del Val
as Hairdresser
Alex Gerry
as Dovitch
Iphigenie Castiglioni
as Armande
Paul L. Smith
as Steve
Elizabeth Slifer
as Mme. La Farge
Don Powell
Emilie Stevens
as Assistant Dance Director
Karine Nordman
as French Girl
Cecile Rogers
as Junior Editor
Jerry Lucas
as Bruiser
Nancy Kilgas
as Melissa
Donald Lawton
as Airport Clerk
Peter Camlin
as Man Buyer
Jan Bradley
as Crying Girl
Jack Chefe
as Frenchman
Jerry Chiat
as Man on Head
Genevieve Aumont
as French Actress
Nina Borget
as Assistant Hairdresser
Fern Barry
as Southern Wife
Nesdon Booth
as Southern Man
Albert Godderis
as Seedy Man
Carole Eastman
Louise Glenn
as Junior Editor
Claudette Colbert
Gabriel Curtiz
as Man Next to Hand Stand
Albert D'Arno
as Beautician
George Dee
as Seedy Man
Jan Bradley
as Crying Girl
Karine Nordman
as French Girl
George Dee
as Seedy Man
Louise Glenn
as Junior Editor
Jack Chefe
as Frenchman
Albert Godderis
as Seedy Man
Genevieve Aumont
as French Actress
Jerry Lucas
as Bruiser
Albert D'Arno
as Beautician
Cecile Rogers
as Junior Editor
Paul L. Smith
as Steve
Donald Lawton
as Airport Clerk
Gabriel Curtiz
as Man Next to Hand Stand
Nesdon Booth
as Southern Man
Nancy Kilgas
as Melissa
Jerry Chiat
as Man on Head
Peter Camlin
as Man Buyer
Emilie Stevens
as Assistant Dance Director
Elizabeth Slifer
as Mme. La Farge
Nina Borget
as Assistant Hairdresser
Fern Barry
as Southern Wife

Crew

Stanley Donen
Director
Leonard Gershe
Screenwriter
Ray June
Cinematographer
Ira Gershwin
Featured Music
George Gershwin
Featured Music
Hal Pereira
Art Director
George W. Davis
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Ray Moyer
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
John P. Fulton
Special Effects
Fred Astaire
Choreography
Eugene Loring
Choreography
Wally Westmore
Makeup
Leonard Gershe
Additional Music
Adolph Deutsch
Conductor
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