Funny Face

Live set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard

With music by George & Ira Gershwin and dresses by Givenchy, Funny Face is an exuberant jaunt through a comically extreme New York fashion world to the streets of Paris, replete with song, dance, and Fred Astaire. This one will hit you over the head with its flights of fancy and cutesy choreography, but the theatrically bookish Audrey Hepburn cuts right through the peacocky comedy with her charm, in the face of a dictatorial magazine editor played by Kay Thompson (said to be based on Vogue editor Diana Vreeland and Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow). But beyond Astaire and Hepburn’s starpower in their roles as photographer and muse, the film’s real success lies in Richard Avedon’s credit as “visual consultant.” Astaire’s character is said to be based on Avedon himself, appearing alongside Avedon favorite Dovima (as the whiny model Marion), while the film pops with the high contrast, high energy for which the iconic photographer was known.

Dir. Stanley Donen, 1957, DCP, 103 min.