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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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Complete credited cast:
Gaby Morlay ... Tante Alicia
Jean Tissier Jean Tissier ... Honoré
Yvonne de Bray 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'


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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Release Date:

5 October 1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Gigi See more »

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Codo Cinéma See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Gaston: Gigi, what do you want if I lose? Silk stockings?
Gilberte dite 'Gigi': No, I don't like them. They're itchy. No, I'd rather have a corset, Nile green with embroidered rococo rose garters.
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Version of Gigi (1925) See more »


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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