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

We'll only do unto you for a moment,

and it's no more

than we would do unto ourselves.

Girls, I want these books rearranged.

They look too much alike.

They're too pat. Mix them up.

No, you mustn't mix them up.

The books on this shelf

pertain to empiricism,

and on this shelf, materialism,

and on this, psychopiscoparalysm.

Put them back. Please talk to her.

It'll take me hours.

One never talks to Maggie Prescott.

One only listens.

Here. I think we ought to use her

in the shot. Miss, come here, please.

- Me?

- You're selling a book to that girl.


Just pretend that Marion can read.

Say, listen!

Alright, Marion, let's go.

But this would be a violation

of all my principles.

It would be hypocrisy for me

to lend myself to this.

- I'm sorry, but...

- Shush.

Now, tell Marion about the books

so that we can get out of here.

This deals with epiphenomenalism,

which has to do with consciousness

as a mere accessory

of physiological processes

whose presence or absence

makes no difference...

Whatever are you doing?

Hold it!

- Good. Get her in another outfit.

- Put on the shebop.

None of you seems to realise you're

trespassing on private property.

You run around, ignorant of the fact

that I can have you put in jail.

- For the last time...

- You're getting tiresome.

What are you doing?

Let go. Let go of my arm.

I know you don't mean any harm,

but you are in everyone's way.

Now, we won't be a moment.

Let me in.

The air will do her good.

She was very pale.

Alright, hit it.

Hold it. Ready?

Good. One more, please.

Alright. Hit it.

Hold it. Ready?

Very good, Marion.

One more, please. Last one.

Alright, here we go.

Hit it.

Hold it. Ready.

OK, that's it. That ought to do.

(bell rings)

- Quite through?

- Thank you. You've been wonderful.

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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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