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Gigi (1949)

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Gilberte is a sixteen year old girl raised by her aunt and grandmother to be a demimondaine. But she's not ready for that yet, and spends her days in lessons and in teasing Mamita's old ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jean Tissier ...
Yvonne de Bray ...
Frank Villard ...
Gaston (as Franck Villard)
Paul Demange ...
Madeleine Rousset ...
Pierre Juvenet ...
Michel Flamme ...
Colette Georges ...
Yolande Laffon ...
Madame Lachaille
Hélène Pépée ...
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Gilberte is a sixteen year old girl raised by her aunt and grandmother to be a demimondaine. But she's not ready for that yet, and spends her days in lessons and in teasing Mamita's old friend, the rich playboy Gaston LaChaille, and following his affairs from afar. But when Gaston throws off his latest mistress, it looks as if Gigi just might be ready to begin her destined career. Written by Kathy Li

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The main theme that permeates the score was not composed by the film's credited composer, but by F.D. Marchetti, who wrote it in 1932. It was the basis for the popular song, "Fascination", with English lyric by Dick Manning. The song's copyright was renewed in 1945 and again in 1954. It was used to great effect, resulting in its most successful run on the hit parade, in the film Love in the Afternoon (1957). See more »


Version of Gigi (1958) See more »


Wiener Blut, Op. 354 (Vienna Blood)
Music by Johann Strauß
Played when Gaston and Gigi meet outside the skating rink
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More sincerity here than in the better mounted 1959 version
12 December 1999 | by (Jacksonville, OR,USA) – See all my reviews

Colette's rather original tale of the education of a teen age girl to become a courtesan or mistress of a rich patron by her grandmother and great aunt, thus carrying out a family tradition, is starkly told with a noticeable lack of emotion. This was likely the director's intention to lend an air of sincerity to what some might consider a frivolous or scandalous story. The cast is quite personable, especially Danielle Delorme in the role of Gigi. This appears to have been her first film in a rather successful career in Europe. For all the sumptuousness of the 1959 musical version, which seemed to me to have an air of "smirking" throughout, I prefer this one.

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