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Gigi [Blu-ray]

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Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's 1958 direct-to-screen follow-up to their My Fair Lady was--miraculously--every bit as memorable as that stage smash. Set in fin-de-siècle Paris and based on a Colette story, Gigi also is about a girl (Leslie Caron) on a lower rung of society who blossoms into Cinderellahood before our eyes and ears. Thank heaven for Hermione Gingold and Maurice Chevalier as her mentors, and Louis Jourdan as her prince. The screenplay writer and lyricist Lerner always said that Gigi's title song was his favorite of all he'd written, and it's easy to see why--"Gigi" is a transcendent anthem to being transformed by love from an unexpected source. The entire score, including "Say a Prayer" (which had been cut from My Fair Lady), "I Remember It Well," "The Night They Invented Champagne," and "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," comprise a sparkling, rare soundtrack recording that stands alone and can be enjoyed and understood by those who have not yet seen the movie, deprived souls that they are. The winner of nine Academy Awards® (plus a special Oscar® for Chevalier), including Best Picture, Gigi was the last great MGM movie musical and one of the best. --Robert Windeler

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Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan. Can you believe it's been 50 years since this delightful, multi-Oscar-winning musical debuted in picture houses across the country? And yet the romance in this coming-of-age story is just as exuberant as it was back then.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gigi-in all her Glory! April 26 2009
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This enchanting 1958 musical remake of the 1948 French Film of the same name has finally been released as it should onto DVD and it is a marvel to see.In fact this two disc set also INCLUDES the aforementioned 1948 b&w full screen film which compares quite favourably to its' musical sister.
Let's start with the 1948 82 1/2 minute version.
Based on a short story(novella)written by French writer Collette during WW2,this film tells the tale of one Gilberte or Gigi who is being raised by her Grandmother Mamita(Yvonne De Bray)with much input from her Aunt Alicia(Gaby Morlay).Her own mother is a "working" stage performer who hasn't the time or seeming inclination to raise Gigi herself(you only hear the mother periodcially off camera singing).The film opens at the Eiffel Tower as we see an old Lothario by the name of Honore'(Jean Tissier)escorting a girl probably a good third his age to the restaurant there.We also meet his nephew Gaston(Frank Villaird) who is quite well to do(he works in the sugar business) and a chip off his old uncle in the romance department.Gaston is young and bored with his life but often gets some pleasant diversion from visiting Mamita and Gigi for some good food and card playing with Gigi(she usually wins).Gigi is a typical 16 year old who carries all the habits and the lack of maturity of a girl that age but is brought up with the sage advice of her grandmother combined with regular visits to her Aunt Alicia,who imparts proper manners and the deportment society expects.
Gaston meanwhile carries on his playboy lifestyle for all of societal Paris to see;something expected of everyone of his stature.You see this Paris at the turn of the century is full of romantic intrigues,trysts and adultery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! Bravo! July 13 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I think that GIGI is the best musical ever. I just love Aunt Alicia and her sister. Hermoine Gingold is fabulous. This movie takes you into a world that you don't want to come out of. If only they would make more movies like this today. My grandaughter absolutely adores it. I want to watch Gigi over and over and does not want it to end. I get lost in the movie and wish I could stay there forever. It is absolutely fantastic.!!!!! More young people should be able to see this movie. Whomever have not seen this movie they are missing out on life itself. Julia Reid
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I see the raging opinions of people who consider this an "awful" movie. This is on the grounds that the music is for "oldies" and the lyrics "inane", on the one hand. On the other hand they find the plot "mysoginistic" and machoist. Nonsense. They judge a beautiful work of art of the past with today's values. Have they considered that maybe today's values are wrong as any time values are wrong and scoffed at only some years later...? I suppose this people admire things like Brando's "The Wilde One" and things like that. They are entitled to their opinion, as we are entitled to ours.
In the first place, the music is gorgeous and exhilarating. Most of the songs are very witty, intelligent, they tell more than they seem to say. It was the great Lerner who wrote them. Is has benn considered a great musical, it won Academy awards, and it is alright. I suppose that the plot would'nt have been mysoginist if Gigi had poured wax on Gaston's back, both stark naked (to quote from a film I recently saw: "Body of evidence" with Madonna). Sure. And very realistic, too... Ha, ha...
France at the turn of the century was like that, and the film is basically faithful to Colette's short story. It is a moving story turned into a musical and a comedy. Most of the characters are amoral but personally fair. Chevalier is charming all allong, so is Leslie Caron.
So stay away those post-modern freaks, politically correct mongers and that kind of people. You'd be furious at mere joie-de-vivre and mischievous play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addes bonuses July 16 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Blu-ray is a big improvement over VCR, better sound and crisper picture and that adds much to the enjoyment of watching this movie. The addition of the original French version was an unexpected bonus. The only problem was that white subtitles were often over a white background making reading impossible. Added bonus features were interesting and revealing. I had never realized that Gigi was being trained by her grandmother and aunt to be a high class prostitute!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 13 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Prompt delivery, classic film
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 1 2014
Format:Blu-ray
classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Lerner & Loewe Production May 30 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
With spectacular sets, costumes, direction, music, writing and acting, Gigi succeeds in being a total confection
for the eyes, ears, and heart..
Since it was made the term "politically incorrect" has washed over the land and movies such as Gigi are
smashed against the rocks of humourlessness and tunnel vision. It is cited that "Thank Heaven For LIttle Girls"
is an anthem for pedophiles. People, listen to the lyrics and clean up your own acts. And the comments are that
a film depicting a girl being groomed to becoming a courtesan is distasteful and should be burned. Do I have to say
this is a musical comedy depicting in the most tongue-in-cheek way the life and values of a different time. And look
at the ending, people! Despite the wishes of those who are grooming her, she does get her own way on her own terms..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once a Favourite, Always a Favourite
I first saw Gigi on a classic movie channel on my TV at home, and I was instantly taken with the story, the music, the acting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Gigi!
A great movie for anyone that likes musicals...such a happy movie! You will love Gigi...and of course the handsom Gaston! So glad that now I can watch it whenever I want!
Published 10 months ago by Anita Doucet
1.0 out of 5 stars Second time.
This is the second DVD I ordered for this movie and, once again, it is damaged and does not play the entire movie.
Published 13 months ago by Marina Pretorius
5.0 out of 5 stars AH, Gigi, darling of love that you are...
A movie I have enjoyed since I first saw it. If you love musicals, it is a must see. Who can resist Maurice Chevalier, Leslie Caron, Gingold and Louis (delicious) Jourdan.
Published 15 months ago by Joan Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain fun
This is one fun movie to watch even if your not in to musicals. It is visualy stuning with a great story line that keeps me interested at least plus Lesli Carone is the star as... Read more
Published 17 months ago by 80s Arcade bumb
5.0 out of 5 stars Carefree Gigi
"Gigi" was a great film about a young woman who falls in love with a wealthy man who is only technically meant to be her "mentor". Read more
Published 22 months ago by Stella Carrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Gigi
Excellent purchase....smooth, easy and the arrival time was not that long. I would purchase from this seller again. thanks.
Published on Sept. 4 2010 by Donna Krolewski
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonder why they didn't call it "Gaston"?
Okay, "Singing in the Rain" is more loveable. "The Bandwagon" is stuffed even more with great goodies. But "Gigi" is third in the list of the great ones. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2010 by One singular sensation...
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This movie is a classic. The actors and actresses, the costumes, the music and songs are all the very best. This is also part of my granddaughter's Christmas package. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2009 by Wayne G. Daley
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