Sunday, June 29, 2008

Funny Face (1957) -Scene

I have no sound, so I hope this is not redubbed. But this is probably my favorite scene from a movie, even considering all the Marx Brothers movies. Audrey Hepburn's character is reacting angrily to Fred Astaire's uptight character through beatnik interpretive dance. It's very entertaining and of course the sheer talent on display is humbling.


Holly said...

Wow. This is one of those times I just feel like a deeply uncultured jerk. I just don't get it. The music, the moves, none of it. Haven't seen the movie, so maybe I could get it from context? but... my little brain is just shaking its head.

Rufus said...

I think it probably works better in context. It's basically a very silly musical about a bookish girl who gets taken to Paris to become a model. Most of the characters are very broad stereotypes and the ones in this scene are supposed to be left bank philosopher beatniks. I guess you might need to see a few other movies with that stereotype in them. But, there are actually some serious ones out there that are close to that.

But, for the dance, it's just such a bizarre and over-the-top response to the argument that the characters were having that it makes me laugh. I also like that she can really, really dance there- but that's sort of a whole other topic.