Friday, August 23, 2019
This free outdoor screening will take place at the Josie Robertson Plaza starting at 8:00pm on Friday, August 23.
For the sixth year in a row, the Met and Film at Lincoln Center co-present an opera-related film screening that anticipates the annual Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival. Directed by the legendary Stanley Donen, who died this year at age 94, Funny Face is one of the most delightful movies of the 1950s, a Paris-set musical featuring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire at their most charming. Featuring gowns by Hubert de Givenchy and a selection of beloved songs by George and Ira Gershwin (including “S’wonderful” and “Let’s Kiss and Make Up”), Funny Face follows the transformation of Hepburn’s demure bookstore girl into a fashion icon, with the help of Astaire’s photographer (a character inspired by Richard Avedon). Kay Thompson—best known for writing the Eloise book series—makes a rare and scene-stealing screen appearance as a character based on real-life magazine editors Diana Vreeland and Carmel Snow. Nominated for four Academy Awards, Funny Face continues to enchant audiences more than 60 years after its premiere.