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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 ... See full summary »

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Jacqueline Audry

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Colette (novel) (as Colette de l'Académie Goncourt), Pierre Laroche (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gaby Morlay ... Tante Alicia
Jean Tissier ... Honoré
Yvonne de Bray ... Mamita
Frank Villard ... Gaston (as Franck Villard)
Paul Demange ... Emmanuel
Madeleine Rousset Madeleine Rousset ... Liane d'Exelmans
Pierre Juvenet Pierre Juvenet ... Monsieur Lachaille
Michel Flamme Michel Flamme ... Sandomir
Colette Georges Colette Georges ... Minouche
Yolande Laffon Yolande Laffon ... Madame Lachaille
Hélène Pépée Hélène Pépée ... Andrée
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... Gilberte dite 'Gigi'
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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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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 October 1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Gigi See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Codo Cinéma See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The main theme that permeates the score was not composed by the film's credited composer, but by Fermo Dante 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 »

Quotes

Gaston: Something smells good here!
Mamita: It's only cassoulet.
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Version of Gigi (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Fascination
(uncredited)
Music by Fermo Dante Marchetti
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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Holds its own compared to a classic - and some nice shots of old Paris!
14 May 2000 | by jimchevaSee all my reviews

Having grown up on the American version (note my last name), I was surprised that I could accept a very different Gigi. But Danielle Delorme has her own, somewhat less innocent, charm. Perhaps because it's in black and white, and older, this whole film has a somewhat grittier, even documentary feel. One prime example being a cabaret scene that takes place in one of the restaurants which used to be built into the Eiffel Tower - with can-can dancers, no less! For Pariphiles, that sort of thing alone makes this worth viewing.

Still, only the later one will make me cry at the drop of a hat...

Either way, both are extraordinary for how much they extract from a not very long short story. Which is certainly worth reading for those who haven't - disguised as witty light entertainment, it effectively shows a young girl fighting for her life, which is the kind of steel-behind-satin story-telling that makes Colette so wonderful.


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