Funny Face

December 11, 2013 at 6:40 am | Posted in Dance Review, DVD Review, Film Review | 1 Comment
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I saw this on DVD the other day.

Audrey Hepburn plays Jo Stockton, a book worm thrust somewhat unwillingly into the world of haute couture – in Paris no less. Fred Astaire plays Dick Avery, a fashion photographer who discovers Jo. Kay Thompson plays Maggie Prescott, the editor-in-chief of Quality magazine.

It is clearly the inspiration for some of the scenes in “The Devil Wears Prada”: Prescott’s offices and ante-chambers are clearly a 50’s version of Miranda Priestly’s offices.

Hepburn, Astaire, and Thompson are accomplished dancers: Hepburn was lyrical, Thompson was more in the broadway dancer mold, and Astaire was just Astaire.

The story is along the lines of ‘caterpillar to butterfly’ – Jo, the book worm, discovers fashion, beauty, and love. It is done with a particular 50’s sense of panache and naivety.

Worth watching to see three excellent dancers, Astaire’s choreographical genius, Paris in the 50’s, and the clothes of course!

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  1. One of my all time favorite movies!


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