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Funny Face

1957

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  • Writer Leonard Gershe, director Stanley Donen, and producer Roger Edens take on French existentialism in this colorful and sumptuous 1957 musical, set largely in Paris and starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, with a dreamy Gershwin score... The film’s sophistication is compromised by the rather dumb plot, but some of the numbers — especially “Think Pink” and “Bonjour Paris” — are standouts.

  • It's an intermittently charming trifle with directorial style to burn in the place of any kind of satisfactory substance. It certainty cowers in the shadows when compared to another Paris-set Fred Astaire film from the same year, Rouben Mamoulian's masterfulSilk Stockings, a dainty remake of Lubitsch's Ninochka with one of the most subtly erotic dance numbers to have ever featured in such a glossy family entertainment.

  • As determined as the film can be to play enforcer of some catatonic ideal... it’s musical numbers keep slipping the bonds of their own intentions (see the way Hepburn and Thompson inject a tart angularity that undermines the sap-happiness of “Lovely”). Hepburn’s human corkscrew-scissor-bottle-opener dance solo is presented as a satire of boho-yoyo affectations, but her folding Swiss Army knife in a black turtleneck and skinny jeans is so captivating that the joke backfires...

  • The whole empathicalism plot is just dopey, as opposed to silly. Yet the film is still sporadically enjoyable, if only because everybody throws themselves so wholeheartedly into the musical numbers, which Donen stages (as ever) with maximum respect for his performers, moving and cutting only when necessary. Kay Thompson, in particular, is having the time of her life, despite her lack of experience

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