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AUDREY HEPBURN COLLECTION

          

For Hicksflicks.com, Oct. 3, 2014

The luminous Audrey Hepburn starred in only 18 films after hitting it big with "Roman Holiday" in 1953. But most of those are wonderful movies and many remain classics.

The newly released Blu-ray box set "Audrey Hepburn Collection" gathers three of them in lustrous hi-def transfers, although only one is making its Blu-ray debut: The colorful dance musical "Funny Face" (1957), co-starring Fred Astaire.

         

In "Funny Face," Astaire is a fashion photographer and Hepburn is an intellectual-snob bookstore clerk who becomes his reluctant model.

The lavish production design is perfect for the gorgeous Technicolor widescreen cinematography and the soundtrack is made up of wonderful Gershwin classics — including "S'Wonderful," "He Loves and She Loves," "Funny Face" and "How Long Has This Been Going On?"

The other two films in this Blu-ray set are both iconic Hepburn pictures.

       

In "Sabrina" (1954), Hepburn is a chauffeur's daughter who goes to a Paris culinary school as a girl and returns as a woman, enchanting the household's brothers, played by Humphrey Bogart and William Holden.

      

And in Blake Edwards' "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961), she plays what is arguably her most famous role, Truman Capote's Holly Golightly, an eccentric society girl (prostitute?). The film is still a beloved tribute to Hepburn's talent, beauty and stature, despite George Peppard being a bit bland as her romantic interest and Mickey Rooney's Japanese character being an offensive and grating buck-toothed Japanese stereotype (a featurette on the Blu-ray attempts to address the latter with representatives of the Asian community).