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FUNNY FACE

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"THE LAST GREAT HOLLYWOOD MUSICAL!
A playful, sometimes ecstatic confection.  The digital restoration is uncanny!"

– J. Hoberman, New York Review of Books


BREATHTAKING NEW DCP RESTORATION!
 

DIRECTED BY STANLEY DONEN • STARRING AUDREY HEPBURN, FRED ASTAIRE & KAY THOMPSON

FUNNY FACE

(1957) Relentlessly thinking Pink, Kay Thompson’s Quality magazine honcho (based on Vogue legend Diana Vreeland) and her minions swarm a Greenwich Village bookshop, but Fred Astaire’s photographer “Dick Avery” (based on visual consultant Richard Avedon) thinks the overwhelmed clerk, gamine Audrey Hepburn, is just the right face for that “new look.” Empty, shallow modeling contract vs. turtle-necked professor Emil Flostre’s “Empathicalism?” Oh, there’s a trip to philosophical hotbed Paris thrown in..., along with a score of Gershwin evergreens (and originals by Roger Edens); nightclub great/Eloise creator Thompson in one of only two major movie appearances; Astaire creating a courtyard bullifight with only a red-lined raincoat and an umbrella; Hepburn, in basic noir, letting herself go in a smokey bohemian boîte; the three performing together (in split screen) for the ebullient “Bonjour, Paris!” — through stunning locations of a city that never looked more inviting; topped by the equally-locationed fashion shoot and its electrifying finale: Hepburn, a scarlet Givenchy gown, and the “Victory of Samothrace.” One of the most visually striking of all movie musicals: this new DCP restoration brings back the look of its dazzling Technicolor and VistaVision as not seen in 55 years.

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*****! 4 STARS!
"CRITICS' PICK! STUNNING!"
Time Out New York

"EVER-ENCHANTING!"
– Dave Kehr, The New York Times

"DON'T MISS! It’s time to 'Think Pink' with this gorgeous new digital restoration!"
– Lou Lumenick, New York Post

"Donen's style, with his insistent camera moves and his innate understanding of human movement, will forever be timeless and beautiful."
– New York magazine

“ONE OF THE LAST GREAT MUSICALS! You can say that everything works in Funny Face, from the clever way director Stanley Donen integrates the title song and the darkroom development of pictures of Audrey to the artful playing on the reputation and style of Richard Avedon. But the heart of the film is the authentically touching rapport between Astaire and Hepburn."
– David Thomson

“Dares to rhyme ‘Sartre’ with ‘Montmartre!’ Knocks most other musicals off the screen for its visual beauty, its witty panache, and its totally uncalculating charm... The charm is everywhere. Love triumphs over capitalist exploitation, joyless intellectualization, and all things phony; and the thesis persuades because of the commitment and skill of the team and the lightness of the underrated Donen’s touch.”
Time Out (London)

“Hepburn’s centerpiece is a dance of defiance at a cavernous café on the far side of Montmartre, where Donen’s prowling tracking shots encircle the jaunty angularity of Hepburn (in easily the film’s most fashionable outfit: jet-black mock turtleneck and Capri pants) as her routine moves from pretension to sensuality to playful athleticism.”
– Eric Henderson, Slant

“One of Donen’s most brilliant musical comedies... He makes excellent use of natural backgrounds in Paris, Chantilly, and Versailles; the color photography supervised by Richard Avedon is delightful. Hepburn, in clothes designed by Givenchy, is at her most ravishing and seductive.”
– Georges Sadoul

"Until Hepburn appeared there weren't beauties who weren't voluptuous. People thought that to be gamine-like was not beautiful. I'm sure she never felt really beautiful. And yet there are millions of American women who wanted to look like her... She's the other side of Marilyn Monroe. There isn't anything about her that is trashy. She appeals to the heart, and spirit and head. She has to do with elevation and enlightenment. That's what I think is great about her."
– Isaac Mizrahi, Interview