Today, TCM is celebrating the career of Audrey Hepburn. I have had this movie sitting on my shelf for the longest time and I finally decided it was time to watch it. I am not going to lie, this is the third Audrey Hepburn movie I have seen in my life. The other two being Breakfast at Tiffany's and They All Laughed. And I have to say I am finally glad to have this one crossed off my "To be watched" list. Audrey's co-stars in this movie are Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Robert Fleming, Michael Auclair, Ruta Lee, and Virginia Gibson. The director of this film was Stanley Donen, who worked direct Hepburn in 1963's Charade. And the music and lyrics were provided by Ira and George Gershwin.
Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in a publicity photo for Funny Face (1957)
Maggie Prescott (Thompson), the editor for a fashion magazine called Quality is looking for the next big thing in fashion. She and fashion photographer, Dick Avery (Astaire) want to find a model with both beauty and brains. They decide to have their latest photo shoot in a bookstore and they find what they are looking for in the shop's shy assistant whose name is Jo Stockton (Hepburn). Maggie uses Jo in the shot at first, but ends up kicking her out fearing she will keep disrupting the photo shoot. Maggie and the others leave, but Dick stays behind to help her clean up. He kisses her and she dismisses it at first, but then she starts to realize she is falling in love.
Dick returns to his studio and discovers Jo just might be the girl they are looking for. Maggie and the other ladies in the face ask Jo to bring some books in as a cover. The moment she enters Maggie's office they try and make her over. In a huff, Jo storms out and ends up hiding in Dick's studio. Dick convinces her to model for the magazine only because she wants to meet her idol, Professor Emile Flostre (Auclair). Maggie, Dick, and Jo all make their way to Paris and the photo shoots begin. During these photo shoots Jo and Dick begin to fall in love with one another. One night, Jo learns Flostre is giving a lecture at a cafe and Dick comes to pick her up for an event. He embarrasses her in front of Flostre, they get into a fight, and the event gets ruined. And of course Maggie is very unhappy about it.
Maggie and Dick find out Jo is at Flostre's home and they stop in to try and convince her to stay away from him. After they perform a song, they confront Jo and Flostre. Dick gets into a bit of a scuffle with the other man and Flostre gets hurt. Jo begs them to leave and they do, and Dick decides to leave Paris that night. After the other two have left, Flostre tries to seduce Jo. She is upset by his behavior and smashes a vase over his head. She returns in time for the last fashion show and Maggie tells her that Dick is leaving. The fashion editor tries to get a hold of him, but to no avail and Jo runs off after she sees the plane she thinks has Dick on board take off. He is actually still at the airport and he runs into Flostre there, after he finds out what has happened Dick runs off to find Jo. He ends up finding her at a church where they did one of their photo shoots and they embrace and make up.
Audrey Hepburn in a publicity photo for Funny Face (1957)
I loved this film and I am ashamed I have waited this long to see it. The songs, the clothes, and the dancing were just a cherry on top of the amazing sundae. I was worried how Fred and Audrey would be on screen together, but I think they did an amazing job together. Kay Thompson was amazing in her role as Maggie and I really liked her in the Think Pink number at the beginning of the film. It was also nice to see Virginia Gibson and Ruta Lee in this film, but as I have stated before I love seeing Virginia in anything. I am so happy I finally got to see this film and I highly recommend it to everyone! It was very enjoyable to watch and one of my favorites of the year.