Funny Face

Synopsis: Fashion photographer Dick Avery, in search for an intellectual backdrop for an air-headed model, expropriates a Greenwich Village bookstore. When the photo session is over the store is left in a shambles, much to salesgirl Jo Stockton's dismay. Avery stays behind to help her clean up. Later, he examines the photos taken there and sees Jo in the background of one shot. He is intrigued by her unique appearance, as is Maggie Prescott, the editor of a leading fashion magazine. They offer Jo a modeling contract, which she reluctantly accepts only because it includes a trip to Paris. Eventually, her snobbish attitude toward the job softens, and Jo begins to enjoy the work and the company of her handsome photographer.
Director(s): Stanley Donen
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations.
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103 min

- What about you?

- Me? I wouldn't be caught dead.

Dovitch, I can't wait to tell you

about my feature for the next issue.

It's my newest project.

When you hear it, you will drop.

- Now what?

- Just you listen.

Dick Avery

started working on the pictures.

He's more excited about it

than any of us.

Here it is. Clothes for the woman

who isn't interested in clothes.

(man) Marion, give me a long look.



Steve, tip that back light down

a bit, will you? OK.

Hold it, boys.

Beethoven isn't working. Try Brahms.

Look, Marion,

I'd like to try it again.

This time,

let's see if we can't get with it.

Keep in mind

that you're a woman who thinks.

That is a piece of sculpture

by Itsabuchi.

Look at it as if you understand it.

As if it understands you. See?

No, that's not the way we look

when we're thinking of Itsabuchi.

React to it. Just... say it.

Itsabuchi, hmm?

You haven't quite got it.

Now, listen carefully.

You are in the Museum of Modern Art,


Deep, Marion. Profound, Marion.

You have come across this statue.

It says something to you

because you are intellectual,

always thinking.

What are you thinking?

I'm thinking

this is taking a long time,

and I'll never be able to

pick up Harold's laundry.

When Harold doesn't get his laundry,


If we don't get this fixed, you may

never see Harold again. Let's go.

The woman who thinks must come

to grips with fashionable attire.

A woman can be beautiful, as well

as intellectual. See facing page.

And how is the facing page?

The facing page looks

as intellectual as a snake.

Nonsense. Marion can be very deep.

Look at her. She's reading.

Marion, dear, what are you reading?

Minute Men From Mars.

Are we all gonna hang around,

or get somebody else?

- How about Lucy Brand?

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Leonard Gershe

Leonard Gershe (June 10, 1922 - March 9, 2002) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and lyricist. Born in New York City, Gershe made his Broadway debut as a lyricist for the 1950 revue Alive and Kicking. He wrote the book for Harold Rome's musical stage adaptation of Destry Rides Again in 1959, and in 1969 a play, Butterflies are Free. Later Gershe wrote another play, Snacks, intended for Tony Danza. He wrote the lyrics for the "Born in a Trunk" sequence from the Judy Garland/James Mason musical A Star Is Born. In the 1950s, Gershe wrote ten scripts for the Ann Sothern sitcom Private Secretary. He also wrote a number of episodes of The Lucy Show. His screen credits include Funny Face, 40 Carats, and Butterflies Are Free. According to World of Wonder Gershe had a long-term relationship with composer Roger Edens.Gershe died in Beverly Hills, California from complications from a stroke. more…

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