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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 WindelerSee all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
Home, motorcar, servants, and the latest fashion. Here we have man about town Gaston Lachaille [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: Winner for Best Picture. Winner for Best Director for Vincente Minnelli. Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay for Alan Jay Lerner. Winner for Best Art Direction for E. Preston Ames, F. Keogh Gleason, Henry Grace, and William A. Horning. Winner for Best Cinematography for Joseph Ruttenberg. Winner for Best Costume Design for Cecil Beaton. Winner for Best Film Editing for Adrienne Fazan. Winner for Best Original Score for André Previn. Winner for Best Original Song for "Gigi" by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Golden Globe® Awards: Winner for Best Motion Picture for Musical or Comedy. Winner for Vincente Minnelli for Best Director for Motion Picture. Winner for Hermione Gingold for Best Supporting Actress for Motion Picture. Nominee for Leslie Caron for Best Actress for Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Nominee for Maurice Chevalier for Best Actor for Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.Read more ›
And then 20th Century Fox had the gall to waste it all but by making Jourdan a stooge for Sinatra in "Can-Can", a movie the less mentioned, the better.
So if you want a solid plot, only slightly like "My Fair Lady", gorgeous scenery, and performances that anchor the movie half in the real world and half in fantasy, and Louis Jourdan doing the near-impossible, stealing a movie from a gathering of experts, buy "Gigi" and fall in love with her so that you, too, at the end, can murmur "thank heavens" with Hermione.
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The music is "swonderful", Maurice Chevallier is at his best and Leslie Caron was such a "coquette".Published 9 months ago by Deodora
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Ross Chapman
With spectacular sets, costumes, direction, music, writing and acting, Gigi succeeds in being a total confection
for the eyes, ears, and heart.. Read more
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 morePublished on Jan. 4 2014 by Hannah