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Director:
Writers:
Alan Jay Lerner (screen play)
Colette (based on the novel by)
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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 »
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Awards:
Won 9 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Simply delightful 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)
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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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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)

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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:
Revealing mistakes: In the early scene in the park, the principal actor casts a shadow backwards (away from the viewer), while the carriages in the background cast shadows forwards (towards the viewer), revealing the production lighting.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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33 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Simply delightful, 27 December 2004
Author: FilmOtaku (ssampon@hotmail.com) from Milwaukee, WI

Directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron as the title character, "Gigi" (1958) is nothing short of sweet and delightful. Gigi is a coltish teen in 1900's Paris who lives with her grandmother Madame Alvarez (Hermione Gingold) and who loves to hang out with family friend Gaston Lachaille (Louis Jourdan), an international jet-setter and playboy whose every relationship is documented in the papers. The pseudo-narrator of the film is Henri Lachaille (Maurice Chevalier), Gaston's uncle and a notorious playboy in his own right, who loves to give his nephew relationship advice, solicited or not. Gigi is being bred by her grandmother and aunt to become a refined woman so she can become a mistress for rich and powerful men, so it comes as both a surprise and delight to the women to discover that Gaston may be a suitable candidate. However, Gigi's innocence may not allow this to happen, as she struggles with making the transition between carefree girl to a refined lady with social responsibilities.

Musicals are a rare genre on my "films I adore" list, but "Gigi" has long been a favorite film of mine, despite its sappy moments and sometimes corny jokes. What makes "Gigi" such a good film is its unmitigated Charm with a capital "C"; one can't help but grin a little when Chevalier sings "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" because he doesn't stop flashing that high voltage smile himself. And I cannot get through the scene between Chevalier and Gingold when they sing "I Remember it Well" by the seaside without tearing up because it is just so damn cute. Sure, the revelations and epiphanies are pretty easy and kind of out of nowhere, but considering it is an MGM musical from the 1950's, I would be surprised if there weren't these kinds of things. Everyone in the film looks like they are having a good time (particularly Chevalier), and the great Lerner-Loewe music against the Parisian backdrop is enough to sell me.

"Gigi", while being a 10-time Oscar winner (including Best Picture) has unfortunately been marginalized by some as a typical MGM fluff piece, could be a hard sell, particularly to the jaded Generation Y - and - younger audience. However, since I myself am probably one of the most cynical film-viewers I personally know of, take my word for it – "Gigi" is a lot of fun, and a good way to spend two hours. 8/10 --Shelly

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