Director: Stanley Donen
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
“When I get through with you, you’ll look like… What do you call beautiful? A tree. You’ll look like a tree.”
Here’s one of the movies, I guess, Audrey Hepburn loved. Why? Because she returned to her first love – dancing. I wanted to watch this film for a while, so tonight was the night. I didn’t know anything about it except that it’s a musical and that features Audrey Hepburn, one of my favorite actresses of all time. So, how was it?
First of all, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. There are a lot of dance scenes one more interesting than the other. My favorite one was the one where Fred Astaire dances in the yard on the song “Let’s Kiss and Make Up”; I loved that scene. Many people say the best one is in that French Club, where Audrey dances like no other; her happiness when she dances is mesmerizing.
Now I realize I didn’t say anything about the plot. The story follows Jo, a dreamy and naïve young woman, who is passionate about philosophy. One day, when she was working in the library, the team of a fashion magazine blows in for a Photoshoot. She is remarked by the photographer, Dick Avery, and is proposed to become the image of Quality magazine. From now on, she’ll begin a wonderful journey with the final destination – Paris.
On the acting part, I’d say Audrey Hepburn takes the shine off everyone else, at least for me. She’s astonishing in every scene. Fred Astaire is more like a supporting actor, but still, he is very good. Some people say the age difference is too big. I didn’t notice this fact; I mean, he dances so well for that age.
All in all, the film is a good one. It’s not a masterpiece of course, but I don’t think we should look for that all the time. I’d give it 4/5 if you want a grade. It’s a relaxing movie with great music and dance. Enjoy it, and stay safe!