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Funny Face: The original Devil Wears Prada but make it musical

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By Dulcinea Zulueta

The 1957 classic directed by the always colourful Stanley Donen starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire is still a treat for lovers of old musicals and fashionistas alike.

Funny Face: The original Devil Wears Prada but make it musical
Artwork by Dulcinea Zulueta

The story revolves around Jo, a bookseller played by Audrey Hepburn, whose normal workday is disrupted by a fashion team that wants to photograph the Greenwich Village bookstore as a backdrop. This team consisted of assistants, a model, the publisher and editor of the magazine Maggie, played by Kay Thompson, and the photographer Dick, played by the legendary tap dancer and musical performer Fred Astaire.

Funny Face was the film adaptation of the Gershwin brothers' 1927 musical of the same name, though the film only featured a few songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Despite being the film adaptation of the musical, the plot is completely different from the original plot of the play, except for the fact that the role of the main character was played by Fred Astaire, who also played Dick in the original musical.

Kay Thompson as a perfectionist editor of Quality magazine was excellent because she portrayed her role with such pizzas that you are drawn to her.

Audrey Hepburn as shopkeeper Jo was charming and eye candy, as you would expect from her films. The naivety of her character as she becomes a gem in the fashion industry was thrilling, as was the scene in which Andy Devil Wears Prada changes into different outfits as he traverses the streets of New York, but this time in the streets of Paris.

The legendary actor of the musical scene, Fred Astaire as a photographer, carried the film with his delightful choreography to the music of George and Ira Gershwin. His pairing with Hepburn was unusual to some because of the obvious age difference, but the chemistry between the two was not.

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