Top 5 Audrey Hepburn Films You Should Watch Now - How Soon Is Now?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Top 5 Audrey Hepburn Films You Should Watch Now

Audrey as Jo Stockton in "Funny Face."
   Over the years, I've certainly expressed my love for Audrey Hepburn. Her beauty, her style, her grace and elegance, and her long and admirable advocacy for UNICEF - she was the epitome of inspiration. And of course, I wouldn't come to love her if it weren't for the films that she made over the duration of her career. Her intelligence along with her beguiling charm and innocence in her roles could really draw you in and capture your interests. It's no surprise then, that I've watched and loved most of them (with a few exceptions on the side), which not only brought me happiness, but it also consoled me during times of general stress in life. So here I am, sharing with you my top five favorite Audrey Hepburn films of all time...

5. Funny Face (1957)
Synopsis: In search of an intellectual-looking background for an air-headed fashion model, Dick Avery, a photographer for Quality Magazine, found a small bookstore in Greenwich Village where Jo Stockton was the bookstore clerk. As the magazine was looking for the Quality Woman, Dick Avery suggested to the editor-in-chief, Maggie Prescott, that they have Jo, who was in the background in one of his shots, to be in the magazine. They then offered Jo a modelling contract, which she later accepted only because of a trip to Paris was included. As they whisked her off to Paris and she became the fashion world's most-wanted model, Dick began to fall in love with her and tried to fight her off from a phony philosopher, Professor Emile Flostre. 

  •  I don't know about you, but watching Audrey Hepburn's role as Jo, lecture Fred Astaire's character, Dick about the definition of empathy was one the highlights of this film. I love the fact that there was a philosophical aspect in this, and that Jo wasn't just some girl with a funny face (which will be later transformed with a glorious makeover). It was a film in love with fashion, and it truly was spectacular to watch, especially the part where Dick and Jo was in a photoshoot in Paris. Bonus points on the fact that it was also a musical! My most favorite was when they finally get to go to Paris and they sang, "Bonjour Paris!" as they arrived and went around Ile de la Cité. Another iconic song was "Think Pink," where the editrix, Maggie dictates to women that everything must be... Well, in pink!

4. How To Steal A Million (1966)
Synopsis: Charles Bonnet was a famous art collector and forged art as a hobby which will be sold to auctions at a higher cost. He lends his Cellini Venus that was forged by his grandfather to the La Fayette Museum, ignoring his daughter, Nicole's objections. Meanwhile, Nicole caught a burglar, Simon Dermott, in her home. She asked for his help to steal the Cellini Venus to help her father escape from the tests that will be made whether the sculpture was fake or not. But little did she know that Simon was not a burglar after all; in fact, he was an inspector gathering evidence to catch Bonnet once and for all. His attraction for Nicole however, had complicated his mission, and instead, agreed to steal it for her.

  •  I had to choose between what I preferred more, whether this film or Funny Face. But as you can see, her chemistry with Peter O'Toole won me over. Now, don't get me wrong, but Fred Astaire's great too, I mean, he's Fred Astaire. But yes, in terms of chemistry, sense of humor, thrill, and not to mention, the overall cleverness of this film, was just amazing and well-thought out. The fact that it was also about art, was thrilling enough for me as it already was. It's got everything you'll ever need with an art heist. ;) 

3. Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
Synposis: A drunken screenwriter, Richard Benson, spent his time in Paris living it up when he was supposed to be writing a screenplay that Hollywood Producer, Alexander Meyerheim hired him for and paid in advance. Now, he's only got three days to finish the script, but his writer's block kept getting in the way. So, he hired a temporary, secretary typist, Gabrielle Simpson, who ended up helping him act out possible plots to complete his deadline on time.

  • A film about writing; another form of art. I love the sense of irony about writers in this film as well, and the "switch on the switch, on the switch." The way William Holden acted out being a screenwriter, with that sense of importance and slight mockery and sarcasm - whilst being an alcoholic himself (true to life, eh?) - definitely was entertaining. And Audrey as Gabrielle, remained to be as charming as ever, with her "big magic eyes." My favorite scene would be when Gabrielle woke up in the morning, and Richard was playing the song, "That Face." You could tell that that was the moment when they began to fall in love with each other. Bonus point on Tony Curtis making a cameo! It's a fun film to watch while the characters' creativity ran.

2. Charade (1963)
Synposis: Regina Lambert was about to divorce her husband, Charles Lambert, when she discovered that he was murdered after she got home in Paris from a ski trip in Switzerland, where she met the dashing Peter Joshua. The C.I.A. then informed her that Charles Lambert was one of the five who stole $250,000 in gold from the U.S. government during the World War II, but did not find the money from his possessions. They wanted it back immediately, assuming that Regina knew where it was. But she didn't, and she soon got haunted down by four former friends of Charles that he double-crossed. Peter Joshua then offered to help her find it, though it seemed that even he couldn't be trusted either...

  • Ah, where do I possibly begin? It's got crime, action, suspense, and romance; definitely a thrilling feat on itself! I guess it was in this film that I got to fall in love with Cary Grant, and soon began watching his other films as well. I love how there was also a sense of humor in this, too. His chemistry with Audrey was a sight to behold, and their fun banter with each other could be seen that they enjoyed each other's company as well, even off-set. It's also very clever how his character kept changing identities, and made you wonder which side he was really on. I mean, who could possibly know which ones Audrey's character should really trust? But apparently, I guess she just took a leap of faith, and followed her gut instincts when it came to Cary Grant.

1. Breakfast At Tifany's (1961)
Synposis: Paul Varjak, a writer who hadn't published anything in five years, moved into a New York brownstone apartment where he met his socialite neighbor, Holly Golightly. Her extravagant, party lifestyle, intrigued him which he later discovered that it wasn't all that it seemed to be. Due to her carefree behavior and love for wealth by escorting wealthy men, she eventually got herself engaged to a rich Brazilian politician, Jose da Silva Pereira, much to Paul's dismay. He was beginning to fall in love with her, but the question of being able to fulfill Holly's life aspirations was raised. When she suddenly got in trouble by delivering weather reports from the notorious convict, Sally Tomato, which later revealed to be information about his drug ring, Holly's engagement with Jose was broken off, and Paul expressed his love for her once again. Will Holly finally change her mind and realize that Paul was the right one for her? 

  • This one holds an extra special place in my heart. This was the first ever film of Audrey's that I watched, simply because of Blair Waldorf. Ever since I watched Gossip Girl, which eventually led me to read and collect the books, I was so curious as to why my favorite character, Blair, loves Audrey so much. The next thing I knew, I was watching it, and that was when I was enlightened. I mean, why wouldn't Blair love her? Who wouldn't love Audrey? 
  • I have to say that I have lots of favorite scenes in this film. There's one with the cat, during the ending, that melts my heart every single time. Those lines from the GIFs above, that Paul delivered to Holly as an ultimatum. The party scenes... "TIMBER!" That fire escape scene where Audrey sings the ever-famous, "Moon River." And of course, the wonderful, glorious introduction where the cab pulls up right in front of Tiffany's in Fifth Avenue, then Audrey steps out in that iconic LBD that Hubert de Givenchy made especially for her transition as Holly, and that Danish bread that was her breakfast. If you have not seen this film, you definitely have not lived!

   And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this post, and that I was able to convince you that you should immediately see these films if you're feeling the blues, because these will surely cheer you up! Spend this weekend binge-watching; I assure you that you won't be disappointed! 
   As for me, well... I've certainly missed seeing them. I may as well chill on my downtime, grab some popcorn, and watch them as well. ;)

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