Funny Face Overview:

Funny Face (1957) was a Romance - Comedy Film directed by Stanley Donen and produced by Roger Edens.

Academy Awards 1957 --- Ceremony Number 30 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hal Pereira, George W. Davis; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Ray MoyerNominated
Best CinematographyRay JuneNominated
Best Costume DesignEdith Head, Hubert de GivenchyNominated
Best WritingLeonard GersheNominated

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Funny Face (1957) Shows Audrey Hepburn’s Enduring Beauty

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 25, 2020 From 4 Star Films

I’m not an expert on fashion photographers, but with only a passing interest in the industry, two of the most luminous names I know are probably Richard Avedon and Bob Willougby. Their names seem to crop up more than almost anyone when you consider film stills. It’s no coincidence that t... Read full article

Fashion vs. Empathicalism: Audrey Hepburn in ‘Funny Face’ (Stanley Donen, 1957)

By Virginie Pronovost on May 4, 2019 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

My article on Funny Face written for the Salute to Audrey Hepburn Blogathon! Published on my blog Three Enchanting Ladies Three Enchanting Ladies The following statement is a fact: Audrey Hepburn was one of the most iconic, lovely and stylish actresses to have ever graced the screen. It?s not surpr... Read full article

Musical Monday: “Funny Face” (1957)

on Dec 9, 2013 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: ?Funny Face” -Musical ... Read full article

Give 'Em the Old Pizzazz - Funny Face (1957)

By The Lady Eve on Apr 13, 2012 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

Director Stanley Donen and actress Audrey Hepburn are being honored separately and together at this year's TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. The director, who will be making personal appearances at all screenings of his films, did some of his best work with the sublime Audrey as his leading la... Read full article

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Quotes from

Dick Avery: You are mad, aren't you?
Jo Stockton: No, I'm not mad. I'm hurt, and disappointed, and... and mad.

Jo Stockton: I was taught that I ought not expose my inner senses...

Dick Avery: Let me show you something.
[Serving wine and speaking in a friendly tone]
Dick Avery: Gentlemen: may I take this opportunity to tell you that you look like a mess of worms? And that you not only look like a mess of worms, but you ARE a mess of worms. And I'll bet you've been sitting at this table all these years because if you ever left it you'd be picked up on a vagrancy charge.
Old French men: [Nod and smile in enthusiastic agreement]
Dick Avery: Your defense rests.

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Facts about

Many of the production staff usually associated with MGM musicals went to Paramount especially to work on this film, so it is, essentially, an MGM musical made at Paramount.
The plot of this movie is actually that of Leonard Gershe's unsuccessful Broadway musical "Wedding Bells" - apparently the studio bought the rights to the title just so they could use the song. The original plot of the musical was scrapped, and Gershwin songs from other musicals replaced several numbers originally written by Gershe himself for "Wedding Bells". These numbers were tweaked so that they could fit into the main storyline, and one of them - of course - was "Funny Face". The studio may have felt that the original plot of "Funny Face" could not be properly adapted into a movie as it was an "ensemble" musical with people dropping out and parts changing all the time.
The little white car that Dick and Maggie drive to the beatnik club is called a VELAM Isetta. They were made between 1955 and 1958. VELAM (Vehicule Leger a Moteur light vehicle with motor) was a French company. The French nicknamed the car the "yoghurt pot" because of its looks. It was also known as the "bubblecar", "rolling egg", "little egg" and even "trouser fly" since you could get into the car from the front.
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