GigiDirector: Vincente Minnelli
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Leslie Caron plays Gigi, a young girl raised by two veteran Parisian courtesans (Hermione Gingold and Isabel Jeans) to be the mistress of wealthy young Gaston (Louis Jourdan). When Gaston falls in love with Gigi and asks her to be his wife, Jeans is appalled: never has anyone in their family ever stooped to anything so bourgeois as marriage! Weaving in and out of the story is Maurice Chevalier as an aging boulevardier who, years earlier, had been in love with Gingold's character. Chevalier gets most of the best Lerner & Loewe tunes, including "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Any More," and his matchless duet with Gingold, "I Remember it Well." Caron's best number (dubbed by Betty Wand) is "The Night They Invented Champagne" while Jourdan gets the honor of introducing the title song. Filmed on location in Paris, Gigi won several Oscars, including Best Picture; it also represented the successful American movie comeback of Chevalier, who thanks to this film was "forgiven" for his reputed collaboration with the Nazis during World War II.
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Cast & Crew
|Maurice Chevalier||Honore Lachaille|
|Louis Jourdan||Gaston Lachaille|
|Hermione Gingold||Mme. Alvarez|
|Eva Gabor||Liane d'Exelmans|
|Isabel Jeans||Aunt Alicia|
|Edwin Jerome||Charles the Butler|
|Monique Van Vooren||Showgirl|
|Preston Ames||Art Director|
|Cecil Beaton||Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design|
|Alexander Courage||Musical Arrangement|
|F. Keogh Gleason||Set Decoration/Design|
|Henry W. Grace||Set Decoration/Design|
|William Horning||Art Director|
|Alan Jay Lerner||Score Composer,Screenwriter|
|Frederick Loewe||Score Composer,Screenwriter|
|André Previn||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|William J. Tuttle||Makeup|
1. Credits [2:13]
2. Ladies In Review [2:53]
3. Thank Heaven For Litttle Girls [2:27]
4. All the Lessons You Need [3:35]
5. It's a Bore [3:28]
6. Tea For Two [2:36]
7. Lunch and Learn [3:29]
8. Cigars and Jewelry [3:20]
9. The Parisians [2:35]
10. Icy Patter [4:16]
11. Gossip [2:26]
12. She is Not Thinking of Me [2:20]
13. Bore War [3:50]
14. Tragedy at Honfleur [3:49]
15. On the Town [3:45]
16. Party Host to Dinner Guest [6:36]
17. The Night They Invented Champagne [2:26]
18. Trip to Trouville [3:08]
19. I Remember It Well [3:55]
20. Crash Courses [:36]
21. The Education She Gets [5:54]
22. For Respectability's Sake [3:17]
23. Gaston's Soliloquy [3:41]
24. Gig [3:06]
25. Bathtub Negotiations [3:43]
26. World-Famous Past [2:01]
27. Rejected and Rebuffed [5:39]
28. I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore [3:14]
29. Miserable With You [3:14]
30. Say a Prayer For Me Tonight [4:00]
31. Center of Attention [2:14]
32. Thinking Things Through [6:58]
33. Thank Heaven For Little Girls (Finale) [2:19]
Commentary By Jeanine Basinger With Leslie Caron
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Gigi is the apex of the great MGM/Arthur Freed musicals. It is a classic. Unfortunately, the DVD transfer of this masterpiece is nothing short of abysmal. The colors bleed. The original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 has been artificially squeezed down to 1:85 !This causes the most annoying distortion on the right and left side of the screen. The image on both sides is stretched vertically! Warner Home Video should be ashamed of themselves for their treatment of a great Hollywood classic. They should hand to over to The Criterion Collection to get the treatment it deserves.
Gigi(Leslie Caron) is a musical about an awkward,clumsy,and silly girl that is "backwards for her age". The rich and "bored" Gaston is fond of Gigi's family. He spoils her and is amused by her company and banter. As Gaston flirts with the sophisticated women of Paris Gigi becomes a woman. Gaston then realizes that "there is sweeter music when she speaks" and "a different bloom about her cheeks". This is my favorite musical and perhaps movie. Their love is sweet and innocent. It is not greedy or hungry.
Gigi is a delightful musical filled with memorable music and classic actors and actresses. The outstanding costumes and beautiful scenery only add to the magic of the show. As soon as I watched Gigi for the first time, I downloaded the entire musical score! This light-hearted movie will entertain people of all ages. It also contains a lot of social commentary and insights into the time period in France! I purchased the DVD version of Gigi first, and then, immediately purchased the Blu-Ray version as soon as it was available. However, I was a little disappointed in the quality of the Blu-Ray version. I was expecting a sharper picture and even more stunning views of the scenery and costumes, but this version just appeared more "grainy" on the screen. I believe the DVD version is just as good if not better than the Blu-Ray!
“Gigi” was a great film about a young woman who falls in love with a wealthy man. He is only technically meant to be her “mentor”. The only thing I did not like about “Gigi” was the suicide part. I am compassionate towards those who have attempted or followed through on suicide. However, I do not believe that there is no human being worth committing suicide over. Aside from that caveat, “Gigi” provided an interesting glimpse into the life of a courtesan who is being trained to work among the upper class. “Gigi” is great for those who enjoy musicals with love stories.
The movie is great! Leslie Caron puts the perfect touch on GIGI.
The earlier incarnation of this film did not do it justice...now, here it is, restored and loaded with extras with the great Leslie Caron herself....and a blu-ray release is soon to follow this one....can't wait til September!
Has always been a favorite of mine. The additional narratives on the film extras are very informative. Well worth the time and money.
How lovely and loving a film. Wonderful performances by some great people from film and stage. Music and lyrics are most memorable and have been through the years. A beautiful piece of work to share with young people and for us others to remember it well.
This movie has it all--sumptuous visuals, biting adult wit, trenchant social commentary, an endearing central character, splendid music, and wonderful performances, even from Maurice Chevalier. What is so extraordinary is the re-creation of the Art Nouveau, Belle Epoque exteriors, interiors and costumes. That extraordinary beauty makes more credible the social mores of the time, which seem so out of synch with today's sensibilities and yet fascinating and intriguing. Leslie Caron is stunning and Auntie, teaching Caron the arts of her trade, is simply priceless. Best scene: Auntie leaves her house.
I enjoy old movies with good music. This one is great with a good cast and cute story line.
"Gigi" is such a wonderful musical. I have loved it forever. Leslie Caron plays the part perfectly, supported by such top notch entertainers as Louis Jordan, Maurice Chevalier, Hermione Gingold and many others. They all made their mark on the world of entertainment and thank heaven we can watch them long after they are gone. You will love the music, costumes and the scenes of Paris . This musical deserved it's award of Best Picture and and nine other Acedemay Awards.