Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Funny Dances

More Funny Face.

Audrey started out as a dancer. A ballet dancer to be precise. All this just adds to the Hepburn mystique. It's always surprising for people to see her idancing and singing, as she really became known as a dramatic artist, but she was very comfortable in musicals.
Unlike My Fair Lady, where her voice is dubbed, in Funny Face, Audrey sings her own songs. Is it the greatest voice in the world... no. But it is charming and vulnerable. And it must be remembered that Audrey introduced the song Moon River in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
But her best dance on film is the solo she does in Funny Face.

And that said, it is a highlight of dance on film. Choreographed by Eugene Loring, the dance takes place in beatnik bar in Paris. The piece of music is a great riff on the Gershwin song, How Long Has This Been Going On? Fred sits this one out, although I am sure he was dying to do something, since the music is so groovy.

Make sure that you come back to this number a few times, because you really need to look at the two guys who back up Audrey. The piece is like 3 solos that intersect at various points. The guys are already dancing before the number starts, so keep a sharp eye out for them.

The dance techniques that the guys are using is typical of the jazz dance of the time. And I don't use the term typical to be dismissive. Although the piece was just meant to be a charm number for Audrey, it really stands out as the gem of the movie.



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