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Plot: Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long. Runtime: 115 mins Release Date: 17 Nov 1958
A delightful pastiche of sumptuous music, and enchantingly memorable characters... (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
Admired by novelists as diverse as Jean Cocteau and François Mauriac, Colette was arguably the finest French writer of her sex in the 20th century... Her main themes were joys and pains of love and female sexuality in the male-dominated world... All her provocative works sometimes scandalous were written with extraordinary insight, sensitivity, and sensuality..."Gigi" was made into a modest French film in 1948 by Jacqueline Audry, and ten years later, was brought to the screen as an Oscar-winning musical film dancing off with no fewer than nine Academy Awards including Best <more>
Picture...'Gigi' is the delightful story of a young French girl raised and lavished by her grandmother, and her great-aunt, to follow the family tradition by becoming a courtesan... The film opens in the City of Lights, in a period that had its own visual style, the early 1900s, where Honoré Lachaille Maurice Chevalier , standing in the lovely park of 'The Bois De Boulogne,' announces himself as 'a lover and collector of beautiful things.' He sings "Thank Heaven for Little girls" with all the captivating smile and enduring charm that kept him an international super star for four decades... Honoré's ravenous appetite for life is contrasted with the world-weariness of his suave aristocrat nephew Gaston Louis Jourdan , who, in the song 'It's a Bore!,' express his total indifference to absolutely everything...Soon we are swept into the private world of Gigi, the adorable Parisian schoolgirl trained to follow the family tradition... Gigi is a potential coquette who steals everyone's heart... She knows how to test the quality of a cigar, and learns the refinements and graces of her family's exalted profession along with some of Aunt Alicia's basic recommendations...Gigi progress from a Parisian gamine of the belle époque, to 'a definite allure.' Gaston, a longtime friend of the family, regards Gigi as a silly child, until he realizes that there has been a breathless change... Gigi shocks and upsets everyone by refusing to become Gaston's latest conquest... To her, the glory of romance and the music of love are not quite enough...Leslie Caron is an absolute delight as the irrepressible Gigi... With her fleeting facial expressions, she captures brilliantly the transformation of a teasing tomboy into the hesitant, uncertain blooming of adult sexuality... Louis Jourdan behaves like a perfect Gaston Lachaille... He makes his offer in good faith before any emotional advance... His character is a harmonious mixture of worldly cynicism and romantic idealism... His manners and behavior, and even his singing voice, are perfectly suited to the character...Gaston is a high-living Parisian lover, a bon vivant, rich and famous... A very elegant bachelor bored with the high society life... The only woman he enjoys is one of his uncle's old girlfriends, Madame Alvarez, whose granddaughter, Gigi, strikes him as particularly irreverent... He brings to Gigi her caramels, licorice and champagne... He lets her cheat at cards... He is captivated by her boyish enthusiasm, even when he is refused, rejected, rebuffed, and repudiated...Maurice Chevalier is outstanding as Gaston's elderly charming uncle... Honoré hasn't let his advancing age interfere with his exuberant enjoyment of chasing beautiful women... For him love is all... He is the 'Prince of Love,' with all the exuberance, the impudence and the occasional awkwardness of youth...Isabel Jeans is perfect as Aunt Alicia, the ancient rich courtesan... She trains Gigi in securing a lineup of wealthy lovers... At one point, she instructs Gigi on the relative values of the exquisite stones in her jewel box, ticking off the particular merits of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds... Gigi listens to her aunt's artistic feat, inspiring the same delighted admiration for the large square-cut emerald her aunt got from a King, and which she slips onto Gigi's finger with the observation that 'only the most beautiful emeralds contain that miracle of elusive blue.'The songs are perfect reflections of the characters who sing them...At Maxim's, Gaston sings knowingly of his waning romance with the 'pretty but common' Liane Eva Gabor in 'She Is Not Thinking of Me.' In an outdoor café, Honoré sings of the relaxed and comfortable feelings that come with old age in 'I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore.' In Trouville, Honoré and the deliciously bizarre Madame Alvarez Hermione Gingold recall their past romance with 'I Remember It Well.' And, most of all, Louis Jourdan sings 'Gigi' sweeping the movie audience in its words and music..Minnelli's exquisite 'Gigi' brought together all the best elements of musical movies into a delightful pastiche of sumptuous music, elegant dancing, and enchantingly memorable characters... He simply hit the jackpot with his choices in actors, guiding flawlessly their interpretations...This exquisite musical had a total of nine nominations and nine Oscars and awards in almost every category... It was highly unusual that none of the excellent cast received acting nominations... However, Maurice Chevalier was presented with a "Special Oscar."
One of the best film musicals ever made. (by soyarra-1)
"Gigi" is undoubtedly as good as it is because it was a musical written expressly for the screen it had been an enormously popular Broadway play starring Audrey Hepburn . Lerner and Loewe were coming off their huge success with "My Fair Lady" on Broadway, and were at the height of their powers when they created the classic songs and screenplay for this film. And although Leslie Caron's vocals were dubbed thankfully not by Marni Nixon , the rest of the cast acquits themselves with aplomb and a good deal of style, particularly the heartstoppingly suave and beautiful <more>
Louis Jourdan who was much older than he looked at the time, as was Caron -- he was 38, she was 27 . The breathtaking Art Nouveau sets and fin de siecle costumes were all designed by Cecil Beaton and are even more gorgeous than those he did for the film version of "My Fair Lady" a few years later.This film is very faithful to Colette's original short story in both humor and spirit, and while I have no illusions that it is a completely truthful portrait of life in early 20th century Paris, it is a delightful, romantic story, one that is as lovely now as it was in the 1950s, or indeed, at the turn of the century. It really did deserve the Best Picture Oscar.
"My Fair Lady" is certainly Lerner and Loewe's crowning glory, but in my mind, this is their most perfect creation. Anyone who thinks that Alan Jay Lerner was not able to write and/or adapt a strong book without the help of a G.B. Shaw needs to take in this gem of a musical based on the novel by Colette.Although the creators were American, it is so effervescently French in spirit and tone. Lerner insisted that he and Loewe actually live temporarily in Paris while writing the score and screenplay so that they could incorporate the mood and feel of the city into their <more>
collaboration. This move paid off in spades. Paris is as much a character in this story as any of the protagonists, and it is displayed beautifully here. There is such color, joy, and romance in this musical. I also happen to think that it's extremely funny to boot. It is perfectly cast the three main characters are all French, including the legendary Maurice Chevalier , the Cecil Beaton costumes are incredible, and the score is scintillating. The pace never lags for a second.This musical is a must.
Having seen this film several times, I definitely have to rate Gigi as one of the most charming musicals ever made. The delightful score, by Lerner & Loewe, includes songs such as "I Remember it Well," "The Night They Invented Champagne," "Thank Heaven For Little Girls," as well as the title track, "Gigi," sung with surprising candor and earnestness by Louis Jourdan. Although reminiscent of their work on My Fair Lady, this score not only stands beautifully on its own but also grows in depth with each viewing.The three principals, Leslie Caron, Louis <more>
Jourdan, and Maurice Chevalier, along with the Paris locales helps maintain a distinctively French flavor, especially in the way the characters relate and interact.For everyone who has commented on the political incorrectness of the story, a closer look will actually reveal the true feminist perspective of Colette's work which was groundbreaking for its time: 1 the story is a commentary and observation of the limited social and economic options for women outside of marriage during the turn of the century Paris, 2 Although Gigi Caron never fully masters her lessons and grooming, she is able to capture Gaston's Jourdan heart precisely because of her imperfections, and 3 most importantly, it is Gaston rather than Gigi who is forced to truly transform himself and defy the social conventions of the time to bring the story to its resolution.Compare this to My Fair Lady, which offers similar social commentary but resolves itself in a more standard way: For example 1 Eliza Dolittle only becomes noticeable and lovable after transforming her outward appearance and speech patterns 2 Although Professor Higgins finally realizes his love for Eliza at the end, it is Eliza who is forced to submit her will by effecting a reconciliation that does nothing to resolve any of the issues raised in the scenes leading up to that point.Definitely see Gigi and judge for yourself. By the way, the widescreen version is sooooo much better. This is especially apparent in numbers such as "I Remember It Well" where entire characters are forced to be cut out of the screen.
That was the year I fell in love again, and what a gloriously entertaining musical with Chevalier singing "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" referring to the young girl played by Leslie Caron,etc. who is wooed by Louis Jordan until she grows up to be a lady of fashion in Gay Paree. The music is great, the settings are beautiful, and I remember Hermione Gingold and Chevalier singing together a funny song "I Remember It Well". In my book after seeing it for the umpteenth time, it's still a 9/10. Pure enjoyment!
Astonished this film is rated so low ly (by ilikeimdb)
I've recently gone back to watch some classic films from the 50s of which Gigi is certainly one . It's an era that will never be repeated -- of innocence, grandeur, and a stilted civilization just ready to awaken to the glories of American hegemony. Such is Gigi. A lovely film with fine acting everywhere, superb singing well, lip synching , and a fun screen play. How can anyone complain about Maurice Chevalier? Or Leslie Caron? Such Lerner/Lowe perfection in composition -- "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and "The Night They Invented Champagne" and even the title <more>
song, sung with insight and perfect French insouciance by Louis Jordan. The costumes dazzle as does Paris in all its gaiety one of the last big movies to use the term "gay" in the traditional way . Enjoy this classic.
Directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron as the title character, "Gigi" 1958 is nothing short of sweet and delightful. Gigi is a coltish teen in 1900's Paris who lives with her grandmother Madame Alvarez Hermione Gingold and who loves to hang out with family friend Gaston Lachaille Louis Jourdan , an international jet-setter and playboy whose every relationship is documented in the papers. The pseudo-narrator of the film is Henri Lachaille Maurice Chevalier , Gaston's uncle and a notorious playboy in his own right, who loves to give his nephew <more>
relationship advice, solicited or not. Gigi is being bred by her grandmother and aunt to become a refined woman so she can become a mistress for rich and powerful men, so it comes as both a surprise and delight to the women to discover that Gaston may be a suitable candidate. However, Gigi's innocence may not allow this to happen, as she struggles with making the transition between carefree girl to a refined lady with social responsibilities.Musicals are a rare genre on my "films I adore" list, but "Gigi" has long been a favorite film of mine, despite its sappy moments and sometimes corny jokes. What makes "Gigi" such a good film is its unmitigated Charm with a capital "C"; one can't help but grin a little when Chevalier sings "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" because he doesn't stop flashing that high voltage smile himself. And I cannot get through the scene between Chevalier and Gingold when they sing "I Remember it Well" by the seaside without tearing up because it is just so damn cute. Sure, the revelations and epiphanies are pretty easy and kind of out of nowhere, but considering it is an MGM musical from the 1950's, I would be surprised if there weren't these kinds of things. Everyone in the film looks like they are having a good time particularly Chevalier , and the great Lerner-Loewe music against the Parisian backdrop is enough to sell me."Gigi", while being a 10-time Oscar winner including Best Picture has unfortunately been marginalized by some as a typical MGM fluff piece, could be a hard sell, particularly to the jaded Generation Y - and - younger audience. However, since I myself am probably one of the most cynical film-viewers I personally know of, take my word for it "Gigi" is a lot of fun, and a good way to spend two hours. 8/10 --Shelly
From Oscar and Golden Globe winning director Vincente Minnelli Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris , and producer Arthur Freed Singin' in the Rain , I look forward to seeing this musical that featured in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Basically the story is set in 1900's Paris, where wealthy Gaston Lachaille Golden Globe nominated Louis Jourdan gets away from his upper class lifestyle and superficial society spending time with the former mistress of his uncle, Madame Alvarez Golden Globe nominated Hermione Gingold and her outgoing, energetic <more>
granddaughter Gigi Golden Globe nominated Leslie Caron . Gaston and Gigi are good friends, and enjoy many games of cards, where Gigi always wins, and knowing that she is matured, her grandmother and Aunt Alicia Isabel Jeans start educating her in manners and movement to be a wealthy man's mistress kind of like My Fair Lady . Gaston realises his love for Gigi is turning into more than just friendship, and his good friend Honoré Lachaille Golden Globe nominated Maurice Chevalier, won an Honorary Oscar is the one he turns to for advice on what to do about it. Also starring The Aristocats' Eva Gabor as Liane d'Exelmans, Jacques Bergerac as Sandomir and John Abbott as Manuel. The sets and costumes are colourful, the characters and actors playing them are great fun, the songs that I most remember are "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" number 56 on 100 Years, 100 Songs , "It's a Bore" and "I Remember It Well", it is a good fun musical classic that is one to see. It won the Oscars for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Song for the title song, Best Music for André Previn, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium and Best Picture, it was nominated the BAFTA for Best Film from any Source, and it won the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture - Musical. It was number 70 on The 100 Greatest Musicals, and it was number 35 on 100 Years, 100 Passions. Very good!
This is a lively film full of fun and colour. Caron is fabulous in the title role, young enough to play a teenager but old enough to play a woman with real emotions. The music is fabulous from all the parts, particularly Chevalier.This is a movie from simpler times, with Gigi a naive girl being raised by her grandmother who is being prepared to be the kind of young lady whose sole purpose in life is to entertain rich men. Gaston's shock at his developing feelings for this "child" is wonderfully portrayed, and Gigi's resentment at society for imposing upon her behaviours <more>
which do not suit her lively nature is sensitively done. This is a wonderful film for all ages, although the singing can get a bit much at times!