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Complete credited cast:
Jean Tissier ...
Yvonne de Bray ...
Gaston (as Franck Villard)
Madeleine Rousset ...
Pierre Juvenet ...
Monsieur Lachaille
Michel Flamme ...
Colette Georges ...
Yolande Laffon ...
Hélène Pépée ...
Danièle Delorme ...


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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5 October 1949 (France)  »

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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. The melody 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 in the film Love In The Afternoon, resulting in its major success on the hit parade. See more »


Gaston: Gigi, what do you want if I lose? Silk stockings?
Gilberte dite 'Gigi': No, I don't like them. They're itchy. No, I'd rather have a corset, Nile green with embroidered rococo rose garters.
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Wiener Blut, Op. 354 (Vienna Blood)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played when Gaston and Gigi meet outside the skating rink
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"She raised her gloved bird-like hands....
20 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

....to shield her eyes from the klieg lights ,and dramatically pointed at Audrey (Hepburn) "Voilà ,she said.That's my Gigi! (Diana Maychicks ,A.H.,an intimate portrait) It was not to be ;Hepburn told writer Colette she could not act,could never play a leading act and finally they cast new-comer Danielle Delorme as Gigi .

Jacqueline Audry was the first real female French director in history;some will argue and say the Germaine Dulac and Alice Guy came before;but it was in the silent age and Audry was the first modern woman Metteuse En Scene ,ten years before Agnes Varda;both Audry and Varda were interested in woman 's psychology;both were sometimes ambiguous though.

You can hardly call "Gigi" woman's lib: a young girl trained by her aunt to be a courtezan ,two men who are not particularly handsome,even French buck Frank Villard Audry will be used with better results in Sartre 's "Huis Clos" .I must confess I do not like Gigi's story ,I cannot feel "the coquettish child who develops into a warm ,loving woman";this is old hat stuff ,straight from the Ark.

It is somewhat better than Minnelli's remake : a musical,none of the songs is memorable and Maurice Chevalier is as unbearable as Jean Tissier.

There are fine lines by Colette though "we 're not ordinary people!-Who are they? -They are married " and a funny "lesson in jewels" .

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