Gigi

Gigi

DVD - 2008
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A musical set in Paris in which a girl trained as a high society courtesan falls in love with a rich and handsome boulevardier.

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ladiablesse
Sep 04, 2017

Can Gigi be enjoyed as anything but a guilty pleasure? The story would be squirmy but for the world-weary cynicism infusing Louis Jourdan's and Maurice Chevalier's roles in particular, as eligible and aging roués respectively of fin de siècle Paris. This is a "society" where outsider women–mistresses or courtesans–enjoy limited but lavish privileges until no longer desired. From the musical theatre team who also created My Fair Lady, it's hard not to see structural similarities in this Colette-derived pre-feminist tale of a courtesan-in-waiting who breaks with family tradition to snag the playboy (Louis Jourdan) in legal wedlock by the end. The matter-of-fact regard with which the social inequities of philandering and quasi-courtship are codified and flouted invite a contemporary update or transposition.

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COURIER3
Jul 20, 2017

I checked out this movie to see and hear Maurice Chevalier sing. He was the best. Story line rather boring. Some of the music great, 9 Oscars. Watch special features about Million Dollar Nickle and a cartoon on disc one. May have to watch disc 2. Thank you dash board reviewers.

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AQUILEA777
Jul 10, 2017

Femininity before the rise of Feminism. In Belle Epoque Paris, women found fulfillment in loving and pleasing men. This is one of the most beautiful films ever made, with wonderful costumes and Art Nouveau sets. Its contrivances are overdone, but its charm is still irresistible. Leslie Caron is magical in the title role.

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ThomasJWhiting
Apr 27, 2016

GREAT 1958 romantic musical comedy set in Paris with fabulous scenery/film work. I've had a great time viewing some top notch musicals for first time recently.
Had to look up her birth date, but I was a bit surprised that Leslie Caron (as Gigi) was 27 years old at time of filming - but they do make her look a bit youngish at start of film. All the casting/performances were very high quality.
Lots of great songs, etc. and I can see/agree how it won Best Picture for 1958 (when I was too young to be interested in or appreciate this kind of film).
Glad I could see it now - thanks, KCLS!

Vincent T Lombardo Dec 31, 2015

A beautifully filmed, romantic, funny, and sophisticated musical, with lots of great music. (It does not get much better than Lerner & Loewe!) The screenplay is excellent and the cast is wonderful. Very entertaining and touching.

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barbbicycle
Aug 24, 2015

Stunning performance by Maurice Chevalier....oldie, but goodie....they don't make movies like this anymore....I'd say an all time classic, if you know what I mean

dim250 Apr 15, 2015

One of my all-time favorite movies. The DVD also contained the original French movie, with subtitles, on which Gigi was based.

Laura_X Feb 18, 2015

See Louis Jourdan (1921-2015) in his definitive role as wealthy Parisian playboy Gaston Lachaille. The musical features the friendship and romance of Gaston Lachaille, and Gigi. One tired of the constraints of Parisian high society, and one being schooled to become a high society mistress (you can guess which is which). It is easily one of my favourite films. The characters are charming, the music is beautiful, and luscious sets and costume are a banquet for the eyes. Gigi won a total of 9 Academy awards, including: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Music. On the whole, a sheer delight!

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lukasevansherman
Nov 24, 2014

Cute, but best picture? What the merde, as they say in France.

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garycornell
Sep 13, 2014

"Gigi" is just a one of a kind movie! First of all, in 1959 it was chosen Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Song, and Best Musical Score. It also won 3 Golden Globe Awards that same year. Now nearly 55 years later, it still as charming with a wonderful cast of Louis Jourdan, Leslie Caron, and the great Maurice Chevalier. The latter sang "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and "I Remember When". Both are all time classics from a musical. Alan Jay Leaner wrote "Gigi" and then went on to write "My Fair Lady". Both have become classics of the screen and the stage. I can't think of two musicals more deserving of recognition as Classic Musical Films!

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