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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:
Absolutely Charming 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:
When the film was originally completed, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe were unsatisfied at first; Lerner felt it had slow action and was twenty minutes too long. He proposed changes that would cost Arthur Freed an additional $300,000, which Arthur Freed was dead against spending. The songwriting team offered to buy 10% of the film for $300000, and then offered $3 million for the print. Impressed with their faith in the film, MGM executives agreed to the changes, which included eleven days of considerable reshooting and put the project $400,000 over budget. However, the test screenings of the film changed from favourable (before the change) to affectionate (after the change), and Lerner felt the film was finally complete.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Honore Lachaille is having a shave at the barbers, a small amount of shaving cream is left on his face after he has wiped it with a towel. It disappears on the next shot.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:
Thank Heaven for Little GirlsSee more »

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42 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely Charming, 26 June 2001
Author: John (john_ccy) from San Francisco, CA

Having seen this film several times, I definitely have to rate Gigi as one of the most charming musicals ever made. The delightful score, by Lerner & Loewe, includes songs such as "I Remember it Well," "The Night They Invented Champagne," "Thank Heaven For Little Girls," as well as the title track, "Gigi," sung with surprising candor and earnestness by Louis Jourdan. Although reminiscent of their work on My Fair Lady, this score not only stands beautifully on its own but also grows in depth with each viewing.

The three principals, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, and Maurice Chevalier, along with the Paris locales helps maintain a distinctively French flavor, especially in the way the characters relate and interact.

For everyone who has commented on the political incorrectness of the story, a closer look will actually reveal the true feminist perspective of Colette's work which was groundbreaking for its time: 1) the story is a commentary and observation of the limited social and economic options for women outside of marriage during the turn of the century Paris, 2) Although Gigi (Caron) never fully masters her lessons and grooming, she is able to capture Gaston's (Jourdan) heart precisely because of her imperfections, and 3) most importantly, it is Gaston rather than Gigi who is forced to truly transform himself and defy the social conventions of the time to bring the story to its resolution.

Compare this to My Fair Lady, which offers similar social commentary but resolves itself in a more standard way: For example 1) Eliza Dolittle only becomes noticeable and lovable after transforming her outward appearance and speech patterns 2) Although Professor Higgins finally realizes his love for Eliza at the end, it is Eliza who is forced to submit her will by effecting a reconciliation that does nothing to resolve any of the issues raised in the scenes leading up to that point.

Definitely see Gigi and judge for yourself. (By the way, the widescreen version is sooooo much better. This is especially apparent in numbers such as "I Remember It Well" where entire characters are forced to be cut out of the screen.)

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