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 mention the shop

in the magazine.

Don't you dare!

(Miss Prescott) Taxi!

(bell jingles)

Oh, no!


Hello there.

I stayed to help you

put these back.

I didn't realise we made such a mess.

Which shelf for materialism?

Just hand them to me.

Oh, no.

You should be ashamed of yourself.

We don't usually barge in that way.

I mean a man of your ability

wasting his time

photographing silly dresses

on silly women.

Most people think they're

beautiful dresses on beautiful women.

At most, a synthetic beauty.

Trees are beautiful.

Why don't you photograph trees?

I do what I do for a living.

It has to do with supply and demand.

You'd be amazed how small

the demand is for pictures of trees.

My work is pleasant,

the pay is excellent,

and I get a trip to Paris every year.

I certainly envy you that.

I'd be in Paris now

if I could afford it.

You'd have a ball.

You'd go to a party every night,

drink champagne,

swim in perfume, and a new love

affair every hour on the hour.

If I went to Paris, it would be

to go to Emile Flostre's lectures.

Who goes to Paris for lectures?

Professor Flostre

is the greatest living philosopher,

and father of empathicalism.

Oh? What's empathicalism?

The most sensible approach to

true understanding and peace of mind.

Sounds great, but what is it?

It's based on empathy.

Do you know

what the word ''empathy'' means?

No, I'll have to have

the beginner's course on that one.


Is it something like sympathy?

Oh, it goes beyond sympathy.


is to understand what someone feels.


is to project your imagination

so that you actually feel

what the other person is feeling.

You put yourself

in the other person's place.

Do I make myself clear?

- Why did you do that?

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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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