Liberty Theatre | Camas WA | Funny Face
Funny Face (NR) Release Date: February 24th, 2018
Runtime: 1 hr. 43 min.
Director: Stanley Donen
Genres: Romance, Comedy
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair
Practically every actress gets a Cinderella story at one point or another, but Audrey Hepburn had a lot of them: SABRINA, MY FAIR LADY, ROMAN HOLIDAY (in which the princess becomes a fun-loving commoner for a few days) and, of course, FUNNY FACE, in which she plays a Greenwich Village hipster who's transformed from fashionably jaded to a high-fashion model. The movie combined Hepburn and Fred Astaire with some of George and Ira Gershwin's greatest hits ("How Long Has This Been Going On?," "He Loves and She Loves," "'S Wonderful," etc.), tossing in for good measure a few new tunes from composer Roger Edens. FUNNY FACE puts Hepburn's Jo, a bookstore clerk, on a collision course with high-class shutterbug Dick Avery (Astaire, in a role inspired by real-life photography legend Richard Avedon). Jo wants to hang out with the Beat Generation and drown herself in espresso in underground clubs; Dick has other plans. While Jo reluctantly agrees to be made-over for a fashion show in Paris, once she gets to the City of Light the bookworm has turned. Years later, Audrey's son Sean Ferrer said FUNNY FACE was one of his mom's favorites. "I think it was the first time she had to stretch her acting abilities beyond a romantic comedy," he said. She also perhaps saw much of herself in the character of Jo. "She was a very insecure person whose shy insecurity made everyone fall in love with her," Ferrer noted. "She was a star who couldn't see her own light."Co-presented by Camas Antiques. Big Screen classic presentation, all seats $6.