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Gigi [Blu-ray]

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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.


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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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant musical Feb. 22 2003
By A Customer
Gigi is a lavish, big time production with great music,costumes, scenery, and direction.
I first saw this movie as a youth. In Louis Jordan's words 'it was a bore'. I ,however, appreciate this movie much more today although I still find it a little tedious at times. Overall, it is a very engaging and entertaining piece of work - especially the songs many of which are very charming. The casting was simply excellent. Leslie Caron made a perfect Gigi, who is depicted as an unrefined teenage brat. The real star in this movie is Louis Jordan, as Gaston, who has far more screen time than Caron. Maurice Chavalier is also excellent.
Despite possessing wealth, fame and many women in his time, Gaston is bored with his existence. When he is with Gigi, he escapes from his boredom. Gigi brings real joy in his life. Little does he realize until the end of the movie that he is in love with her and does the unthinkable by asking her to marry him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gigi-in all her Glory! April 26 2009
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gigi [1958] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Aug. 18 2014
By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER

Home, motorcar, servants, and the latest fashion: man-about town Gaston [Louis Jordan] offers them all to Gigi [Leslie Caron]. But she, who’s gone from girlish gawkiness to cultured glamour before our eyes, and yearns for something that money can’t buy. Producers Arthur Freed, director Vincente Minnelli and a cast rife with Gallic charm. Its Alan Jay Lerner and Fredrick Loewe song sparkle like “The Night They Invented Champagne” or caress with title-tune tenderness “I Remember It Well” where Maurice Chevalier sings to Hermione Gingold. You’ll remember ‘Gigi’ forever! New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements.

FILM FACT: ‘Gigi’ won a record-breaking 9 Academy Awards at the 1959 Awards Ceremony; which are as follows: Best Picture (winner). Best Director (Vincente Minnelli winner). Best Adapted Screenplay (Alan Jay Lerner winner). Best Art Direction (E. Preston Ames, F. Keogh Gleason, Henry Grace, and William A. Horning winners). Best Cinematography (Joseph Ruttenberg winner). Best Costume Design (Cecil Beaton winner). Best Film Editing (Adrienne Fazan winner). Best Original Score (André Previn winner). Best Original Song ("Gigi" by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe winners). In tribute to Gigi's domination of the Oscars, the MGM switchboard answered calls the following day with "M-Gigi-M".
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Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Jenner
5.0 out of 5 stars Addes bonuses
Blu-ray is a big improvement over VCR, better sound and crisper picture and that adds much to the enjoyment of watching this movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ross Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 3 months ago by Roger P McCallen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Bruce Morito
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Lerner & Loewe Production
With spectacular sets, costumes, direction, music, writing and acting, Gigi succeeds in being a total confection
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Published 4 months ago by Wal Sins
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 9 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 13 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 16 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 17 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
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