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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

- On her honeymoon.

- Betty Hayes?

- She's in jail.

Are there no models

who think as well as they look?

Marion might look better

in a different background.

We can go on location.

An intellectual hang-out.

- Somewhere with books.

- A book store.

A sinister place

in Greenwich Village. Come on, girls.

Let's hurry. We might have to pick up

Harold's laundry on the way.

There's one.

(Dick) Driver, stop here.

That's sinister enough.

Melissa, help me with this lamp.

It's heavy.

I can't, Babs, I got my hands full.

It's movingly dismal. We couldn't

have done better if we'd designed it.

Marion looks smarter already.

(woman screams)

I'm sorry. I didn't see you up there.

Are you alright?

Yes, thank you. Can I help you?

Would you like a book?

- (Miss Prescott) Marion, over here.

- Who are those?

May I help you?

Thank you.

We have everything we need.

Please tell me what this is about.

We're just going to take

a few pictures.

What sort of pictures?

- Are you the owner?

- No, Dr Post is.

I work here,

and I'm in charge in her absence.

I'm Jo Stockton. Can you help me?

How do you do? I'm Dick Avery.

What about these pictures?

We want the shop as a background

for fashion pictures

for Quality magazine.

I'm sorry. I can't let you.

Dr Post would never approve.

She doesn't approve

of fashion magazines.

It's chi-chi and an unrealistic

approach to self-impressions.

- We have trouble. She's a thinker.

- She's also a talker.

I must ask you to leave.

We throw ourselves at your mercy.

Haven't poor people like us

a right to make a living?

I asked you to leave.

That is my right.

If the rights of the individual

are not respected by the group,

the group cannot exist.

What does that mean?

''Do unto others as

you would have others do unto you.''

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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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