Fred Astaire plays a fashion photographer based on real-life cameraman Richard Avedon, in this entertaining musical directed by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain
). The story finds Astaire's character turning Audrey Hepburn into a chic Paris model--not a tough premise to buy, especially within this film's air of enchantment and surrounded by a great Gershwin score. Based on an unproduced play, this is one of the best films from the latter part of Astaire's career. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson star in this 1950s romantic musical comedy which features songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Jo Stockton (Hepburn) is a bookshop worker with intellectual pretensions. When she is discovered by Maggie Prescott (Thompson), the editor of a top fashion magazine, and asked to become the figurehead of a new collection, Jo is uninterested at first. However, she takes the modelling job when she learns from photographer Dick Avery (Astaire) that it would involve a trip to Paris, which would give Jo a chance to attend a lecture by her idol, philosopher Emile Flostre (Michel Auclair). As she and Dick embark on a series of photo shoots around the city, they begin to develop romantic feelings for one another. Will Jo's passion for philosophy affect her commitment to her work and to Dick?