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‘Funny Face’ to Close AFI Film Festival

A fresh print of Stanley Donen’s glorious 1957 “Funny Face” closes the AFI Film Festival on Thursday and then opens a one-week revival at the AMC Century 14. Fred Astaire stars as a Richard Avedon-ish fashion photographer and Audrey Hepburn is a mousy Greenwich Village bluestocking transformed into a radiant model. Featuring Gershwin standards, “Funny Face” is even more enjoyable than when it was new; they don’t make witty, high-style, sophisticated romantic musicals like this anymore.

A Norma Shearer retrospective gets under way at the L.A. County Museum of Arton Friday at 1 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. with “Marie Antoinette” (1938), a landmark costume picture in which Shearer nevertheless gives a remarkably shaded portrayal of a frustrated, frivolous but finally gallant and brave queen.

Information: (213) 857-6010.


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