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December 2, 2014

Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos of the Making Film "Funny Face" in 1956

Funny Face is a 1957 American musical film directed by Stanley Donen, containing assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin.

Although having the same title as the 1927 Broadway musical Funny Face by the Gershwin brothers, and featuring the same male star (Fred Astaire), the plot is totally different and only four of the songs in the stage musical are included.

The screenplay was written by Leonard Gershe and in addition to Astaire it stars Audrey Hepburn and Kay Thompson. Photographer Richard Avedon designed the opening title sequence and consulted on the film; Astaire played Dick Avery, a still photographer, who is based in part on Avedon.

Below is a collection of amazing vintage photos that take us back to Paris in 1956, where Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire are filming on location for the musical romance Funny Face.

Audrey Hepburn on location for Funny Face in 1956 in a perfectly accessorised yellow print dress

Contact print showing Hepburn dancing. Hepburn plays a Greenwich Village bookshop clerk who is discovered by style photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) and whisked off to Paris on a fashion shoot

Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn at the Eiffel Tower, where the climax to the song ‘Bonjour Paris’ was filmed

Kay Thompson (who plays magazine editor Maggie Prescott), Astaire and Hepburn dancing underneath the Eiffel Tower

Hepburn and Astaire on location at the Eiffel Tower

Astaire and Hepburn chat on the set for a boho Parisian café

Hepburn’s personal makeup artist Wally Westmore applies her mascara. He was known to separate each of her eyelashes with a sewing pin so that the results would look more defined on camera.

Hepburn and Astaire chat over coffee

(via BFI)


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