I’m home in Riverdale for the weekend to see sillygirl84, recently back from New Zealand. Last night we watched an America’s Next Top Model marathon on E!, and this morning I awoke to find Funny Face on TMC. This may be my new favorite Audrey Hepburn movie. I have no idea why I’ve never seen this film before. A bit of dialogue between Hepburn (bookstore employee cum fashion model Jo Stockton) and Fred Estaire (fashion photographer Dick Avery, who discovered Jo):
[During a photo shoot in Paris]
Dick: Now, today you’re not happy. … Heartbroken, suffering. You’re Anna Karenina.
Jo: Shall I throw myself under the train?
But perhaps the best thing about this movie is the delightful casting of Kay Thompson—yes, the author of Eloise—as fashion magazine editor Maggie Prescott. Such a lady. Here is how Maggie and Dick end up in Jo’s neck of the woods:
[Dick has been trying unsuccessfully to get vapid fashion model Marion to look like she’s intellectually engaging a work of art]
Maggie: Marion might look better in a different background.
Dick: We can go on location. An intellectual hang-out.
Maggie: Somewhere with books.
Dick: A bookstore.
Maggie: —One of those sinister places in Greenwich Village! Come on, girls!
One day, I’ll live in a house with a sign over the door that reads “God Bless This Sinister Place.”