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Funny Face and Paris Blues

July 27, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present

Funny Face (1957)
Directed by Stanley Donen

It wasn’t the norm to shoot musicals overseas, far from a Hollywood soundstage. But for portions of Funny Face, Stanley Donen, Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire went to Paris. Loosely inspired by Richard Avedon and his wife, the film tells the story of a fashion photographer and a New York intellectual, who reluctantly travels to Paris for a modeling job but really goes to study the philosophy of “empathicalism.” A dynamic synthesis of fashion, bodies in motion, and real locations captured in vibrant Technicolor and VistaVision, the film confirms that the late Stanley Donen was one of Hollywood’s greatest stylists.

Director: Stanley Donen. Screenwriter: Leonard Gershe. Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson

DCP, color, 103 min.

Followed by:

Paris Blues (1961)
Directed by Martin Ritt

Paris’ boulevards and Left Bank jazz clubs are the backdrop for director Martin Ritt’s exploration of race, liberation and artistic expression. Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier play jazz musicians who fall for two vacationing Americans while working the clubs in a culture where jazz music and players are celebrated beyond what they’ve experienced stateside. The hepcats’ battle royale with Louis Armstrong is a showstopper. Legendary French cinematographer Christian Matras shoots Paris in stunning black and white and Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn deliver one of the great jazz scores.

Director: Martin Ritt. Screenwriters: Jack Sher, Grimes Grice, Walter Bernstein. Cast: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier

16mm, b/w, 98 min.

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.
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July 27, 2019
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States