Funny Face (1957)

I have just got in from a fantastic cheap night out at the BFI.

Funny Face (1957) starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire is an interesting portrayal of the world of modelling and the fashion industry.  It doesn’t matter that it’s hardly a plausible portrayal (the way the fashion editors storm into (Hepburn’s character) Jo Stockton’s bookshop is ludicrous and brilliant), it’s an extremely comical movie with some great dance performances. That said the BFI’s fact sheet notes that ‘photographer Richard Avedon, whose marriage to one of his models provided the basis for the story, served as visual consultant on the film’ and that ‘Audrey’s collaboration with designer Givenchy reaches its apex [in this film]‘.  At the very least this film is Hepburn and Astaire at their best, but I see it as piece of cinematic entertainment that strikes the balance between insight and escapism.

If you haven’t seen it before, I urge you to check it out.  Until then, here’s one of my favourite dance scenes…

Posted: January 13th, 2011
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