Posted by: absntmindedariel | April 11, 2011

Funny Face (1957)

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Synopsis– Sulky beatnik bookstore employee Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) is horrified when a fleet of fashion magazine executives, photographers and models turn her bookstore into a photo shoot backdrop.  She’s even angrier, however, when photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) summons her to the magazine’s headquarters and tries to persuade her to be the face of their new campaign! Indignation turns to submission, however, when Jo finds that the offer will allow her to meet her philosophical idol Dr. Flostre in Paris, and the unwilling intellectual begins her transformation from bookworm to glamor girl.

Why it’s better– Okay, you WILL have to suspend any modern feminist ideals and bow your head to the rampant sexism of the fifties. The film is kind of centered on the idea that being a brainy beatnik is completely inferior to being a shallow super model… but the clothes are so pretty!! (Yes, those ARE Givenchy.)  And you get to see former ballerina Audrey Hepburn dance with one of the best –although not so attractive– dancers of all time! If you can manage to not be a feminist for two hours, it’s fantastic.

Note: Look for Audrey’s famous bongo dance number GAP used in their 2006 skinny jeans commercial

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