Film: Funny Face

An iconic 1957 movie musical starring Audrey Hepburn, Kay Thompson and Fred Astaire, and directed by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers).

Maggie Prescott (Thompson) is fashion editor looking for the next big thing - trying to find something intelligent and beautiful. She and photographer Dick Avery (Astaire) search for models who "think as well as they look". They decide to take over a village bookstore to use for a photoshot, much to salegirl Jo Stockton's (Hepburn) dismay as the shop is left in a total mess.

Dick notices Jo in one of the photographs and the pair decide to hire her as a model, which Jo only agrees to so she take the trip to Paris, but her snobbish attitude softens over the film as she starts to enjoy the company of the handsome photographer.

The movie provides examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of 1950s high-fashion magazines, especially Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and fashion photographers. This produces a Crowning Moment of Funny early in the film, when Fred Astaire (playing the fashion photographer) and his crew totally disrupt Jo Stockton's [Hepburn] Greenwich Village bookshop for a magazine shoot.
  • Beatniks: In all the places where Jo hangs out.
  • Brainy Brunette: Jo's Establishing Character Moment.
    • Subverted with Marion, the model who is fruitlessly trying to look brainy in the bookstore shoot.
  • The Cameo: Well-known (at the time) 1950s fashion models Dovima and Suzy Parker (who herself later became an actress).
  • Fashion Magazine: The backdrop.
  • Fashion Show: The "Think Pink" number.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Jo Stockton. Type 2, obviously, since this is Audrey Hepburn.
  • I'm Not Pretty: Jo tells Dick she couldn't possibly be a model, because her face looks funny.
  • In Name Only: The film shares a title, four songs (not including the originally Cut Song), music composers (George and Ira Gershwin), and the leading man with the original stage musical. The plot, however, has nothing to do with it.
  • May-December Romance: While ages aren't directly stated for the characters, Audrey was 30 years younger than Fred.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Dick Avery is based on photographer Richard Avedon, who served as a creative consultant on the film and actually took the photographs featured in it.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Numerous exampless on of splendid late-1950s haute couture, and Audrey Hepburn's character is dressed, when we first see her, as the chic Hollywood version of a beatnik. In fact, this movie was one of the films that established Hepburn as a style icon.
  • Power Trio: Jo is Superego, Dick is Ego and Maggie is Id.
    • Later in the film, Dick and Maggie switch roles.
  • Remake Cameo: Fred Astaire starred in the original stage version of Funny Face in 30 years prior. The show went through numerous rewrites and a name change (from Smarty), and the film version has a completely different plot.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: The whole premise.