Funny Face

Funny Face ★★★½

Probably just a Fred Astaire de-aging formula away from capital "G" Great. Donen directs the hell out of this with the same acrobatic camera that makes Singin' in the Rain a masterpiece but also extends the playfulness into the editing starting with the electric "Think Pink!" number that opens the film. Technicolor very, very rarely looks this good outside of Powell and Pressburger and it just has this amazing classic feel to it that's personified by the magnetic Audrey Hepburn. Is it ludicrous that anyone could discover her in a book shop and think she has a "funny" face? Sure, but this is Hollywood logic baby and it ends up helping to sell her turn to fashion model overnight. The numbers are wall to wall great, or would be if it wasn't for the "Clap Yo' Hands" sequence that occupies a place of dishonor in the disastrous final thirty minutes. Flaws can be found everywhere in Funny Face but so can potent movie magic- you really have to meet it halfway and I was happy to do so.

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