On February 13, 1975 the movie Funny Face was released. It has been 60 years since Audrey Hepburn played one of her best roles. Today let us remember what was this movie about and bring some interesting facts about the movie that you might not know.
Let’s start with a little spoiler, the plot is quite simple. A girl named Jo, who is a bookshop clerk, by fortune becomes a model for the next magazine issue. She visits Paris along with her photographer Dick Avery to get best shots while exploring Paris.
The movie brought an important topic of fashion stereotypes that are actual nowadays. I believe that one of the main ideas of the movie is not judging people by their appearance. One can be beautiful and smart at the same time. Certain things depend on the perspective. Jo had “funny face” but at the same time, she was intelligent. In the contrary, those models who were professionals in this business could not compete with Jo. How is it possible? Is it because models are initially perceived as fools? Not sure. What I did not like about this movie is that even though Jo was supposed to represent intelligence, the term empathicalism as the main concept that Jo was obsessed with did not exist (at least it seems so). This questions her intelligence. However, this is how Jo defines this term:
“…the most sensible approach to true understanding and piece of mind…based on empathy…It goes beyond sympathy. Sympathy is to understand what someone feels. Empathy is to project your imagination so to actually feel what the other person is feeling. You put yourself in the other person’s place. Do I make myself clear?”
Here are some details I find interesting to share with you:
Most costumes were made by Givenchy including the wedding gown.
The photo of Audrey Hepburn shown below is done by Richard Avedon.
Dovima, one of the most popular fashion models who often worked with Richard Avedon, was also playing in the Funny Face.
The photographer Dick Avery and editor Maggie Prescott remind us of Richard Avedon and Diana Vreeland, one of the most influential figures of 1950s fashion industry.
Even though Maggie Prescott supposed to represent Diana Vreeland, the expectations were not fulfilled. According to the Guardian, Diana Vreeland was not pleased by the movie, so she said “Never to be discussed” and left the screening.
Quotes from the movie
When I get through with you, you’ll look like… What do you call beautiful? A tree. You’ll look like a tree.
Now when I say “go,” walk down with fire in your eyes and murder on your mind.
I was taught that I ought not expose my inner senses…
Here is the trailer:
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Staff, M. ‘Funny Face’ 55th Anniversary: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About the Beloved Audrey Hepburn Musical. Retrieved from https://www.moviefone.com/2012/02/13/funny-face-audrey-hepburn/