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A fashion editor and a photographer choose a shy bookstore attendant as their 'quality woman.'
Splashes of vivid color light the way through Stanley Donen's very modern musical. 'Think pink!' commands Miss Prescott (Kay Thompson), head of Quality Woman fashion magazine, and American women obey--all except Jo (Audrey Hepburn), an intellectual young woman who tries to prevent Miss Prescott from staging a photo shoot in her bookshop. Photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) sees something interesting in Jo's "funny face," and soon he's lured her to Paris to model during the day and discuss philosophy in smoky cafes at night. Modeling Givenchy clothes, Hepburn steals the color in every scene, and her funny face enchants all, including Dick and, unexpectedly, the dark and handsome philosophy master whose theories Jo adores.
The musical numbers are primarily duets--Jo and Dick glide together in each other's arms, Jo and Miss Prescott find unexpected solidarity in womanhood, and Dick and Miss Prescott cavort in the philosopher's salon--but the most engaging scene is when the three come to Paris, plead exhaustion to one another, then secretly race around the city, singing and dancing and reveling in being tourists.
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Fred Astaire was 58 years old at the time, but danced like a 20-year old. Audrey Hepburn was a stunning 28-year old. The story isn't very good, but the star quality is unbelievable. Well worth watching just to observe these two in full flow.
now there's no grain - when there should be grain.
and no "blu-ray" resolution.
well done to all involved.
It was called by one reviewer 'a delightful mixture of intelligence and froth' which is exactly what it is. It's sheer entertainment like we don't have in today's cinema, with no pretence, just fun.
Audrey Hepburn is lovely as usual, and really gets to show off her dancing talent in the classic 'Basal Metabollism' sequence. She looks amazing in the Givenchy/Edith Head fashion of the day, the entire movie plays like a huge fashion show for her (which is always a plus).
Fred Astaire is charming and proves that he can still dance up a storm and croon a song even if the age difference between him and Hepburn is slightly unbelievable. But he charms you into forgetting all that.
Kay Thompson was really great as the magazine editor, loud and brassy and very funny.
The songs are Gershwin classics and are performed excellently by the entire cast. Audrey Hepburn charms her way through 'How Long Has This Been Going On?', Fred Astaire sings 'He Loves, She Loves' and dances another of his classic routines to the title song 'Funny Face'. And Kay Thompson gets to belt out 'Think Pink'.
But the most stunning aspect of this film really is the picture quality and technicolour. I have honestly never seen a better looking technicolour film. It's utterly beautiful and hasn't aged a single bit, from the dance to Funny Face in the developing room with only red lighting, to the underground cafe' in Paris lit by multicoloured lights.
A really nice, entertaining movie that is a rightful classic.
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