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Director:
Writers:
Alan Jay Lerner (screen play)
Colette (based on the novel by)
Contact:
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Release Date:
4 August 1958 (Brazil) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The First Lerner-Loewe Musical Since "My Fair Lady" See more »
Plot:
Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 9 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Lerner & Lowe competing with Lerner & Lowe...but still a charming musical... See more (107 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Leslie Caron ... Gigi

Maurice Chevalier ... Honoré Lachaille

Louis Jourdan ... Gaston Lachaille

Hermione Gingold ... Madame Alvarez

Eva Gabor ... Liane d'Exelmans

Jacques Bergerac ... Sandomir

Isabel Jeans ... Aunt Alicia

John Abbott ... Manuel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie-Hélène Arnaud ... Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
Jack Ary ... Waiter at "Palais de Glace" (uncredited)
Richard Bean ... Harlequin (uncredited)
Cecil Beaton ... Gentleman in Park (uncredited)
Jacques Bertrand ... Maitre d'Hotel Maxim's (uncredited)
Hubert de Lapparent ... Gaston's Private Secretary (uncredited)
Cilly Feindt ... Girl on Horseback at Pré Catelan (uncredited)
Edwin Jerome ... Charles - Alicia's Butler (uncredited)

Corinne Marchand ... Young Lady with White Sunshade (uncredited)
Maurice Marsac ... Prince Berensky (uncredited)
Anne-Marie Mersen ... Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
Bernard Musson ... Guest at Maxim's (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... Designer (uncredited)
Jean Ozenne ... Monsieur Lachaille (uncredited)
Maruja Plose ... Mannequin (uncredited)
Roger Saget ... Pierre (uncredited)

Pat Sheehan ... Blonde (uncredited)
Marilyn Simms ... Redhead (uncredited)
Lydia Stevens ... Simone (uncredited)
Jack Trevan ... Coachman (uncredited)
François Valorbe ... Henri - Gaston's Butler (uncredited)
Monique van Vooren ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Betty Wand ... Gigi (uncredited) (singing voice)
Leroy Winebrenner ... Lifeguard (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
Alan Jay Lerner (screen play)

Colette (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
André Previn (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
Ray June (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan (film editor)
 
Casting by
Bobby Webb (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Cecil Beaton 
 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
William A. Horning 
 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason (set decorations) (as Keogh Gleason)
Henry Grace (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Cecil Beaton (costumes design by)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles
Guillaume .... hair styles
Charles E. Parker .... makeup (as Charles Parker)
William Tuttle .... makeup
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack Wilson .... makeup man (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bill Ryan .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director
William Shanks .... assistant director
E. Darrell Hallenbeck .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Noël Howard .... assistant director (uncredited)
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director: France (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Cecil Beaton .... scenery designer
Matty Azzarone .... swing lead (uncredited)
Bill Graham .... second prop man (uncredited)
Harry Lazzarre .... props (uncredited)
David Stone Martin .... drawings (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
James Brock .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Herman Groves .... boom (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mel Anderson .... best boy (uncredited)
Ned Belford .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eric Carpenter .... still photographer (uncredited)
Hank Forester .... grip (uncredited)
Ace Riley .... camera operator (uncredited)
C.E. Rogers .... best boy (uncredited)
Wes Shanks .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Vicki Nichols .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Dave Saltuper .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Margaret Booth .... supervising editor (uncredited)
Jerome F. Brady .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alan Jay Lerner .... lyrics by
Frederick Loewe .... music by
André Previn .... music conductor
André Previn .... music supervisor
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Robert Tucker .... vocal supervision
Alexander Courage .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Lela Simone .... music (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Françoise Bouchez .... production assistant (uncredited)
Grace Dubray .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Alex Romero .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Bill Ryan .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Emily Torchia .... publicist (uncredited)
Charles Walters .... stager: "The Night They Invented Champagne" number (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Sem .... acknowledgment: main title illustrations from drawings by
 
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Runtime:
115 min (Turner library print) (copyright length)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Perspecta Stereo | Mono
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-7/5 (new rating: 1982) | Finland:K-3 (new rating: 2001) | Germany:16 | New Zealand:PG | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1992) | USA:Approved (certificate #18763) (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1975)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The cast had to mouth the songs as production was so swift that the score had yet to recorded by the time it came to filming.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gaston leaves after telling Honore about Gigi turning him down, Honore turns back from watching Gaston go twice.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[Honore walks through Paris and greets the viewer]
Honore Lachaille:Good afternoon! As you see, this lovely city all around us is Paris, and this lovely park is of course the Bois de Boulogne. Who am I? Well, allow me to introduce myself: I am Honore Lachaille. Born: Paris. When...
[laughs]
Honore Lachaille:...not lately. This is 1900, so let's just say not in this century. Circumstances: comfortable. Profession: lover, and collector of beautiful things. Not antiques mind you, younger things.
[an elderly woman passes by]
Honore Lachaille:Yes, definitely younger. Married: what for? Now please don't misunderstand. Like everywhere else, most people in Paris get married, but not all. There are some who will not marry, and some who do not marry. But in Paris, those who will not marry are usually men, and those who do not marry are usually women.
[...]
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Soundtrack:
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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Lerner & Lowe competing with Lerner & Lowe...but still a charming musical..., 30 May 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

It's almost as if Lerner & Lowe were competing with themselves when they decided to write the music for "Gigi" -- once again, a story about a girl being transformed into a young woman of charm (a Parisian courtesan) just as Eliza was being molded into another creature by Professor Higgins. And that's not the only similarity. The songs all have a "My Fair Lady" similarity -- from 'The Night They Invented Champagne' to 'Gigi' to 'The Parisiennes' -- all bear the flavor of their previous work in sound and content. And yet they work beautifully for this story set in the city of love and starring Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Herminone Gingold and Maurice Chevalier.

Production-wise, it's almost too lavish for its own good. Vincente Minnelli wrings every bit of artistic decor in the trappings, giving the viewer an almost claustrophobic feeling for the interior scenes. The outdoor shots are just as lavish--Louis Jourdan singing the title song among the fountains and architecture of French landmarks.

The cast is perfect. Leslie Caron makes an enchanting Gigi, Louis Jourdan is impossibly handsome as Gaston, and all of the other players were cast with a discerning eye.

But there is no denying that no matter how distasteful some will find the story of training a girl to become a courtesan to be (or how politically incorrect by today's standards), the score is as sparkling as the champagne they sing about. While, in my opinion, the score does not surpass "My Fair Lady" in range and cleverness, it certainly did well enough in winning nine Oscars, including the one for Best Picture of 1958. By all means, it has to be considered one of the last great musicals from the MGM period.

Only drawback: it's a bit overlong and could have used some editing for the slow moments.

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