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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 »

Director:

Jacqueline Audry

Writers:

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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This original French-speaking, nonmusical, black-and-white version of "Gigi" is included as a bonus feature on the Warner Bros. 2008 Blu-ray release of the MGM Academy award-winning 1958 musical version of this film. See more »

Quotes

Gilberte dite 'Gigi': The telephone is good only for businessmen and women who have something to hide.
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Connections

Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.34 (1961) See more »

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Fascination
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Music by Fermo Dante Marchetti
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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A real delight!
22 August 2004 | by bensonjSee all my reviews

This delightful film succeeds because of the talents of all who contributed to it, but mostly because of the fresh, light performance of Daniele Delorme in a role that could have been so much less. The young girl's mother and aunt expend extraordinary efforts to develop her into a high class mistress (without letting her in on the plan). This sordid idea is handled with a sure, light touch, succeeding because of the direction, writing and performances, especially that of Delorme, who is sweet but not too sweet, innocent but not too innocent, and above all bright, fresh and unaffected. Conventionally made, but surefooted, deft and captivating. (Not a musical, and not to be confused with the later slick Hollywood version.)

The TCM print (the same shown theatrically in recent years) has the old-fashioned subtitles that fade away completely when the scene has a white background. If you don't know French you may find it too frustrating to be worth watching.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 October 1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Gigi See more »

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Production Co:

Codo Cinéma See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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