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3.5
1,102 Ratings

Funny Face

Directed by Stanley Donen
United States, 1957
Musical

Synopsis

A Cinderella story about an inconspicuous salesgirl who is whisked off to Paris by a group of fashion magazine sophisticates and transformed into a dazzling model with whom the magazine’s photographer falls in love.

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Funny Face Directed by Stanley Donen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1958 | 4 nominations including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

National Board of Review

1957 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Directors Guild of America

1958 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

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…
April 07, 2014
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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.
February 27, 2014
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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.
March 01, 1989
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