Reel Women in Film: Funny Face

Texas Spirit Theater | NR | 103 min. | Comedy, Musical, Romance

January 24, 2020 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the film Funny Face and the fashion trailblazer that makes this film stand out.

An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.

Event Details

Funny Face is a story set in high fashion yet parodies the fashion industry in many ways. One of its leads, Audrey Hepburn, is revered as a style icon for her signature looks both off and on screen, and was closely associated with couturier Hubert de Givenchy who paired with acclaimed costume designer Edith Head to style Hepburn for her role in Funny Face among other titles. Edith Head, who won a record number of Academy Awards for costume design, also assisted in styling Hepburn for multiple films and worked with nearly every top female star in Hollywood. 

This screening is part of Reel Women in Film, a film series that highlights the filmic works of women in front of or behind the camera. In its second season, focus will be on ideas of empowerment seen through the lens of fashion and activism. Additionally, we will look at those within the field of filmmaking that are in the periphery, the costume designers. This evening's program is shown in conjunction with our Fashion Forward exhibition, which explores how the fashion innovations of yesterday impact our closets today. The evening's program includes a film screening and Q&A with Assistant Professor in the Theatre and Dance department at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Nanette Acosta and Professor of Media Studies in the Radio-TV-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Katthy Fuller-Seeley. Prior to the feature film is Susan LaMarca's short film, Rebecca. Come early and explore the 3rd floor exhibit, and enjoy complimentary coffee and treats from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. Quantities are limited. Seating for film begins at 6:30 p.m

Please note: Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX Lobby doors.

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Film Credits

Rating: NR
Starring: Audrey Hepburn
Costume Designers: Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy
Director:  Stanley Donen
Writer: Leonard Gershe
Runtime: 103 min.
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Release year: 1957

About the Guest Speaker

Nanette Acosta has been designing costumes, building costumes and teaching costuming for over 20 years for theatre and film across the country. Some of her Seattle design credits include The Lamp Is The Moon, A Single Shard, Elephant and Piggie Are In A Play, Mwindo and The Boy At The Edge of Everything for Seattle Children's Theatre; the Seattle premier of Bright Star, Noise, the Gregory Award nominated An Ideal Husband, Beams Are Creaking, Moreau and Gypsy Rose Lee award nominated A Joyful Noise for Taproot Theatre; Smokey Joe's Café, The Prince and the Pauper and Miss Saigon for the 5th Avenue Theatre; Great Men of Science Nos. 21 & 22, Hanging Lord Haw Haw, The Empress of Eden and Lauren Weedman's one woman show Amsterdam for Empty Space Theatre; Hamlet for Seattle Shakespeare; and Grease and Babes In Arms for The Village Theatre. Chicago design credits include award-winning costumes for John Cusak's New Criminals, Northlight Theatre, The Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Shattered Globe Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook and Bailiwick Repertory. Film design credits include the independent film The Basket, starring Peter Coyote and Karen Allen. Nanette Acosta has taught at University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia College, Loyola University Chicago, University of Washington and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas where she is also the Costume Production Director.

Kathy Fuller-Seeley is the William P. Hobby Centennial Professor of Media Studies in the Radio-TV-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin; she teaches US  film, radio and TV history. Her most recent book is Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy (University of California Press 2017).

About the Short Film and Filmmaker

A schoolteacher has a bad day and takes it out on her girlfriend.

Susan LaMarca is an editor and filmmaker working in Austin Texas. 


About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

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