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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 »

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Wiener Blut, Op. 354 (Vienna Blood)
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Music by Johann Strauss
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Holds its own compared to a classic - and some nice shots of old Paris!
14 May 2000 | by (North Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

Having grown up on the American version (note my last name), I was surprised that I could accept a very different Gigi. But Danielle Delorme has her own, somewhat less innocent, charm. Perhaps because it's in black and white, and older, this whole film has a somewhat grittier, even documentary feel. One prime example being a cabaret scene that takes place in one of the restaurants which used to be built into the Eiffel Tower - with can-can dancers, no less! For Pariphiles, that sort of thing alone makes this worth viewing.

Still, only the later one will make me cry at the drop of a hat...

Either way, both are extraordinary for how much they extract from a not very long short story. Which is certainly worth reading for those who haven't - disguised as witty light entertainment, it effectively shows a young girl fighting for her life, which is the kind of steel-behind-satin story-telling that makes Colette so wonderful.


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