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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 »
NewsDesk:
(67 articles)
User Reviews:
The Last of the "Golden Age" Musicals 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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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 biggest money-maker for Vincente Minnelli from his years at MGM.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Alicia is teaching Gigi about the jewels, in a shot, Alicia is facing Gigi, having her hands pointing up and Gigi is facing her, listening. In the very next shot, Alicia is playing with a string of pearls, facing away from Gigi. Gigi is sitting beside her but also not facing her but still looking at her.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:
The Night They Invented ChampagneSee more »

FAQ

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
The Last of the "Golden Age" Musicals, 9 May 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Although MGM and other studios would continue in the genre for several more years, GIGI is the last great musical of Hollywood's golden age. It is also one of the few titles consistently mentioned when critics dispute which film should be considered the single finest musical ever created by Hollywood, a film that rivals the likes of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS.

Based on a novella by Colette, GIGI tells the story of a French family of the belle epoch--a family, it seems, of women who have made their living from the favors of famous men. Still something of a gawky schoolgirl, Gigi (Leslie Caron) is being trained to become a courtesan, and when she suddenly blossoms she captures the heart of Paris sophisticate Gaston Lachaille (Louis Jourdan.) But much to her family's horror, when the arrangements are completed Gigi suddenly declines! The cast is absolutely flawless. Caron was born to play Gigi, and is as charming as the awkward youth as she is as the suddenly beautiful young woman; Jordan's appeal as the worldly and world weary Gaston is tremendous. But the real joy of the cast is in its supporting cast, which includes Maurice Chevalier as Gaston's uncle; Hermione Gingold and Isabel Jeans as Gigi's grandmother and great aunt; and Eva Gabor as Gaston's current mistress. Chevalier and Gingold play their roles with precisely the right mixture of charm and severity, and their duet "I Remember It Well" is among the highlights of the film, while Jeans and Gabor give such great comic turns that their small roles become as memorable as the leads.

The Learner & Lowe score is equal their great Broadway success MY FAIR LADY, and offers such enjoyable and memorable songs as "Gigi" and "The Night They Invented Champagne;" the script equals and merges with the music to considerable effect. Filmed largely on location in Paris, the look of the film is incredibly rich, and director Vincent Minnelli maintains a sprightly sense of humor with just enough darkness behind the bubbles to make us aware of the seriousness of the tale. Mixing intimacy with tremendous surface splash, GIGI is a cultural treasure, a film to enjoy and cherish forever and certainly a worthy contender for that disputed title of "Hollywood's finest musical." A personal favorite and highly, highly recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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