Funny face

Language and/or Subtitles: English
Format: DVD 2009
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Jefferson Hills Public Library Audio Visual DVD FIC FUN
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Audio Visual
Call Number  DVD FIC FUN
Penn Hills Library Audio Visual DVD FUN
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Audio Visual
Call Number  DVD FUN
This filmed version of the 1927 George Gershwin Broadway musical Funny Face utilizes the play's original star, Fred Astaire, and several of the original tunes, then goes merrily off on its own. Astaire is cast as as fashion photographer Dick Avery (a character based on Richard Avedon, the film's "visual consultant"), who is sent out by his female boss Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) to find a "new face". It doesn't take Dick long to discover Jo (Audrey Hepburn, who does her own singing), an owlish Greenwich Village bookstore clerk. Acting as Pygmalion to Jo's Galatea, Dick whisks the wide-eyed girl off to Paris and transforms her into the fashion world's hottest model. Along the way, he falls in love with Jo, and works overtime to wean her away from such phony-baloney intellectuals as Professor Emile Flostre (Michel Auclair). The Gershwin tunes include the title song, "S'wonderful", "How Long Has This Been Going On" and "He Loves and She Loves"; among the newer numbers is Kay Thompson's energetic opener "Think Pink". For years available only in washed-out, flat prints, Funny Face was eventually restored to its full Technicolor and VistaVision glory. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Additional Information
Series Paramount centennial collection.
Subjects Bookstores -- Employees -- Drama.
Fashion photography -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
Women publishers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
Fashion shows -- France -- Paris -- Drama.
Musical films.
Romantic comedy films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Publisher Hollywood, Calif. :Paramount Home Entertainment,2009
Contributors Edens, Roger, 1905-1970.
Gershe, Leonard.
Donen, Stanley.
Hepburn, Audrey, 1929-1993.
Astaire, Fred.
Thompson, Kay, 1909-1998.
Auclair, Michel, 1922-1988.
Flemyng, Robert, 1912-1995.
Gershwin, George, 1898-1937.
Gershwin, Ira, 1896-1983.
Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)
Participants/Performers Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng.
Other Contributors Music and lyrics, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin ; songs, Stanley Donen ; choreography, Eugene Loring, Fred Astaire.
Audience Not rated.
Language English
English (Dolby 5.1, Dolby mono.), dubbed French (Dolby mono.) or dubbed Spanish (Dolby mono.) dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Notes Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1956.
Special features: Disc 2. Kay Thompson: "Think pink;" this is VistaVision; fashion photographers exposed; the fashion designer and his muse; Parisian dreams; Paramount in the '50s: retrospective featurette; original theatrical trailer; photo galleries.
System Details DVD, widescreen (enhanced); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital mono., NTSC.
Description 2 videodiscs (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1415747083
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