Funny Face (1957 Paramount) Is One Of The Very Best Audrey Hepburn And Also "Trip To Paris" Movies Of All!
This very interesting and technically well done movie is worth seeing for many reasons.
Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire were the two main stars, and both were among the most important and talented movie stars in all of movie history.
Audrey Hepburn was trained as a ballet dancer when she was a young girl in Europe before her USA movie star days (she got a well deserved Best Actress Academy Award in 1952 for Roman Holiday, followed by Sabrina in 1953 co-starring Humphrey Bogart, another "top of the food chain" movie star, one of the best of all time).
Funny Face (1957 Paramount) shows off Hepburn's considerable dance abilities, and overall movie star presence.....she lights up the screen for the entire movie, which shows the range of her actor skills and dance skills in wonderful detail. Students of movie acting should see this movie. It's a chance to see one of the very best movie star actresses "do her thing" in a wonderful setting backed up by a great male co-star (she also had great male co-stars in Roman Holiday and Sabrina.....Gregory Peck and Humphrey Bogart...both "Best Actor Academy Award Winners") and beautiful photography of famous places and lovely settings in Paris.
Paris is often depicted in the movies, but seldom as well as was the case in Funny Face (1957 Paramount). The movie photography really does show off many of the famous locations in Paris, and works hard and successfully to idealize those settings.
Interiors in the movie are also unusually well done....it really is an important set decorator's movie, as well as a good costume movie.
The movie is filled with gimmicks, most quite charming and worthy, and not seen in other movies. The odd, off balanced angles and strange balancing acts of 1950's era high fashion cover girl models is shown off, and it's all worth seeing. The 1950's was a decade of outrageous style and self-confidence in the USA lost in the 1960's with all of it's celebrated protest and introspection.
The color and style of the 1950's in the USA and the USA's idea of glamor are worth seeing and remembering, and this movie really delivers on all that.
Audrey Hepburn was mostly a 1950's era movie star, almost always teamed up with a male co-star romantic interest lead much older than she was....Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, Fred Astaire, and later Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, and Rex Harrison.
Her very last film project was a wonderful documentary titled Gardens Of The World (1993) and Audrey in her early 60's was still lovely, elegant and riveting on screen. Sadly, her untimely death due to illness contracted during a charity tour to Africa at age 63 before Gardens Of The World (1993) was completed ended her career (the documentary titled Gardens Of The World was released with Michael York doing sound over commentary meant originally for Hepburn, but not done due her death in 1993).
Written by Tex Allen, SAG Actor.
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