A Cinderella story about an inconspicuous salesgirl who is whisked off to Paris by a group of fashion magazine sophisticates and transformed into a dazzling model with whom the magazine’s photographer falls in love.
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Some glorious scenes (where Audrey shines) are spoilt by a hideously misogynistic message - the choreography and mise-en-scène may be full of invention, but the lack of chemistry between Astaire/Hepburn, the one-dimensional stereotyping of literary sub-culture and the patriarchally motivated denouement are ire inducing.
"Anything you don't understand you call small talk." The overtly sexist tones that this movie projects onto women and fashion made me enjoy this movie a lot less. It's a shame, because cinematography and opening scene are sublime.
Despite the French stereotypes giving the film its easy out, Audrey and Fred work brilliantly together with some very inspired cinematography, choreography and compositions (my favorite has to be the dark room where she hides from the goon squad, going on about her "funny face", oh Audrey...). If it'd not be for the easy out granted by the stereotypes and nick-of-timing, this may've won me over completely.
This entertaining musical is a bit of a curates egg,good in parts.The opening sequences are the best parts of the film,but once things move to Paris problems developed.Firstly,what started as a modern looking musical,begins to make fun of the current youth movements.Secondly,the film seems to suggest that women should be married and not intellectual! On the plus side,the film and Paris looks great.As do the two leads
It's daft, it's dated, silly and filled with stereotypes but it's so charming. I don't really do musicals but Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson are great. Whoever got carried away with the credits sequence and came up with the darkroom scene earned the extra star.
Visually glorious. An industry playing with colour, in a stylish era. Fred is a heck of a lot older than Audrey, but he's still got it. Audrey looks so young in this it's almost uncomfortable, and some of the social norms of the era ring sour to a modern ear. But at the heart of this film is a sense of fun and happiness, that should leave anyone with a smile on their funny faces. Despite some of the odd dialogue.
..I think I'm in love with Audrey Hepburn. The thought isn't practical and hardly original however, in cinematic terms, its mostly due as this woman is infinitively magnificent. As for the film, its absolutely perfect, charming, adorable.. every frame of it.