Movie Funny Face (1957)

Watched several times before.
Watched 20130126 (Netflix, Instant)
Funny Face (1957) Stanley Donen. 103 min

Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) (in red) and Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) (carrying books)
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This is one of the musicals my sister and I watched over and over again when we were kids. In fact, these movies are one of the reasons we need to keep a VHS player around the house. All the other musicals we watched, which I can think of, are The Sound of Music (1965), Mary Poppins (1964), Singin' in the Rain (1952), and An American in Paris (1951).

All I could remember about the movie prior to watching it was the image of Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn talking at a bookshelf. As such, it was almost like watching the movie for the first time, despite having seen the movie several times when I was younger.

Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) shows Jo a photo of herself
Thus, when we first see Audrey Hepburn in the bookstore, I just can't help but look in awe at her beautiful face. Of course she later gets dressed up and looks absolutely gorgeous, but I mean, she already looks beautiful in her bookstore outfit!

In any case, it's fun to see the character Jo transition naturally from working in a bookstore to becoming a model for this fashion company. I should note that I also liked seeing more and more of the company president's good nature as the movie progresses. More explicitly, she's first portrayed as intrusive as she kicks Jo out of the bookstore and later has Jo hunted in order to transform Jo into a model. Understandably, such a personality is inherent in the business, but later we get to see Maggie sing and dance, and so on. Upon seeing that, I no longer despise the character.

I'd highly recommend this movie if you're looking to watch a short and fun romantic movie. Alternatively, you should watch this movie if you like musicals or think Audrey Hepburn is stunning. I should mention that she does her own singing and dancing in this film!

Instant Comments:
Audrey Hepburn is so beautiful.
Huh, I never realized until today they're actually facing a wall at the 16 minute mark.
29 minute mark: "I love your funny face."
Hmm, Audrey Hepburn's character and the old woman's character were practically enemies, but then they seemed so friendly after setting foot in Paris.
Ha! The woman is yelling at the man, he slaps her, and then she's happy.
Haha. Creeper. He makes it so romantic. Climb up a ladder and serenade your love interest at her balcony. Note to self: have a dance prepared for such occasions. of course, where would I get music to play in the background.
I wonder how many takes it took to shoot the umbrella int to the trashcan.
"It is a bird of paradise." I'm thinking, "Blue steel!"
"There are tears in her eyes."

She caught a fish!
"Stop! Stop!!" "I don't want to stop. Take a picture! Take a picture."
Haha. "Ring a dem bells."
"Roses are red, violets are blue."
What a lazy front deskman. "I'm sorry, it was too late."
Ah. I had forgotten the ending. How romantic.
"I love your funny face. Your sunny funny..."
"'S Wonderful" was also in An American in Paris (1951).