What could make a musical starring Fred Astaire, with songs written by George and Ira Gershwin, any better? Why, Audrey Hepburn of course! Everyone’s favourite pixie brunette stars as stubborn Greenwich Village bookshop salesgirl Jo Stockton. After being discovered by fashion photographer Dick Avery (Astaire) and editor of Quality magazine Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) who are searching for a fresh, more intellectual look, Jo is whisked off to Paris with the promise that she can see a lecture by her philosopher idol. Jo is initially snobby towards the fashion industry, however as the three sing and dance their way from L’Arc de Triomphe to Galeries Lafayette, she begins to embrace it all — all while developing feelings for the charming Dick.
Why You Should See This Film
A black turtleneck, black Capri pants, and shiny black loafers. Audrey Hepburn’s perfectly understated outfit from the jazz club dance sequence in Funny Face is all thanks to the genius of costume designer Edith Head. Referenced throughout pop culture by admirers like Beyoncé, Whitney Houston and GAP, it's arguably become as iconic a costume as Hepburn’s little black dress, pearls and sunglasses from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Aside from all the classic song and dance numbers and gloriously chic Parisian shoots, that slinky monochromatic ensemble makes watching Funny Face a joy all on its own.
- Year: 1957
- Rating: G
- Director: Stanley Donen
- Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson
- Duration: 103 minutes
- Language: English