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

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.

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

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Much has been written about the crew having to contend with rainy weather in Paris during production. For a comparison of how the film might have looked if the sun hadn't appeared from time to time, compare the "Bonjour, Paris!" number from the film - mostly shot in brilliant sunshine - with alternate footage shot on a rainy day that is featured in the trailer.
Ditzy model Marion is played by Dovima, who was one of the top fashion models of the day and often worked with Richard Avedon.
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.
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