Audrey Hepburn is one of the most intelligent, graceful, and beautiful women to honor the world with her talents. When her name is brought up, most people will automatically think of to Breakfast at Tiffany's, even if they have not actually seen the film. This is due to the mass production of Audrey Hepburn paraphernalia adorned with her classic Breakfast at Tiffany's look:
While she is amazing in every role, it is a shame that so many are unaware/have not seen her other films. Here is a list of 3 you NEED to watch:
1. Funny Face
An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.
Truthfully, this is my favorite movie of hers because it is funny and heartwarming. It also has amazing shots! Granted, the premise is a fashion shoot so the photography is expected to be amazing. However, it is not only the final photo products that are stunning, but the scenes of the set up of the photos. The diversity in Audrey Hepburn's acting throughout a single film is astounding. She must go from being a happy-go-lucky woman running with balloons, to a crying woman leaving her lover forever, to a princess whose prince has been turned into a bird, to a bride on her wedding day! Beyond those characters, she has her main Funny Face character: a student of empathicalism who manages a philosophy book shop. Furthermore, what makes this movie so grand is Fred Astaire. While many criticize the casting choice, saying he is too old for the role, I say suspend disbelief! He is perfect for the role. He is confident, but not cocky; charming, yet not too forward, and we cannot overlook his masterful dancing!
2. Roman Holiday
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
This is another really fun movie that, as the title suggests, takes place in Rome. While the acting and plot are all top notch, what is extra fun for the viewer are the shots of Rome itself. Their long scenes of sightseeing create geographical context for the viewer. Roman Holiday is a film that beautifully combines its lightheartedness with deeper moral conflicts, specifically regarding paparazzi. Where is the line between someone's life being a 'good scoop' for the paper and the personal experiences of someone with feelings?
3. My Fair Lady
A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.
This movie is simply "loverly!" Audrey Hepburn plays this character wonderfully! In the beginning of the movie she is a common girl covered in dirt selling flowers on the street. By the end of the film she is the epitome of charm, grace, and style. Audrey Hepburn is an acting genius! She literally transforms before the viewer's very eyes. As if it wasn't good enough, this film is also a musical with gorgeous numbers! However, there is much controversy over this particular movie because Audrey Hepburn, despite having a lovely singing voice, was not allowed to sing her own character's numbers and was instead dubbed. In my opinion, though, anger should not be aimed towards Ms. Hepburn. She was as unhappy about the decision as the next person and vowed to never be in a movie where she did not sing her own songs. This film is still a must-see!