Gigi

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Product Overview

A young french girl at the turn of the ventury blossoms into a glamorous lady.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 206584611
UPC 883929002429
UPC 14 00883929002429
Format DVD
Release Date 2/10/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Adrienne Fazan - Editor
Alan Jay Lerner - Screenplay
Arthur Freed - Producer
Cecil Beaton - Production Designer
Charles Walters - Director
Colette - Based On Novel By
E. Preston Ames - Art Director
Eva Gabor - Actor
Frederick Loewe - Original Music By
Joseph Ruttenberg - Cinematographer
Leslie Caron - Actor
Louis Jourdan - Actor
Maurice Chevalier - Actor
Ray June - Cinematographer
Vincente Minnelli - Director
William A. Horning - Art Director
Awards
Winner (1959) Golden Globe, Gigi, Best Motion Picture - Musical,Golden Globe, Vincente Minnelli, Best Motion Picture Director,Golden Globe, Hermione Gingold, Best Supporting Actress,Oscar, E. Preston Ames, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White or Color,Oscar, Joseph Ruttenberg, Best Cinematography, Color,Oscar, Cecil Beaton, Best Costume Design, Black-and-White or Color,Oscar, Vincente Minnelli, Best Director,Oscar, Adrienne Fazan, Best Film Editing,Oscar, Andre Previn, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture,Oscar, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Best Music, Original Song,Oscar, Arthur Freed, Best Picture,Oscar, Alan Jay Lerner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review The performances are well nigh faultless. From Chevalier, as the sophisticatad uncle, to John Abbott, his equally suave valet; from Miss Gingold's understanding role as Gigi's grandma to Isabel Jeans, the worldly aunt who would tutor Gigi in the ways of demi-mondaine love; front Jourdan's eligibility as the swain to Bergerac's casual courting of light ladles' loves; from Eva Gabor's concept of said 1.1. to Miss Caron's sincere performance--all are ideal choices for their roles...Miss Caron's London experience in the stage version of Colette's cocotte (Audrey Hepburn did it in the U.S.) stands her in excellent stead in her cinema concept. This marlia her film return since "Lili." Jourdan, of course, is capital as the unwilling philanderer opposite her...Director Minnelli's good taste in keeping it in bounds and the general sound judgment of all concerned--with full awareness that Lerner's excellent basic libretto dictated no other choice--distinguishes this Arthur Freed independent production. The Metrocolor rates recognition for its soft pastels under Joseph Ruttenberg's lensing; the Beaton costumes, sets and general production design are vivid physical assets at first sight. The skillful integration of words-and-music with the plot motivation makes this "Gigi" a very fair lady indeed as a boxoffice entry.
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ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review It might come as a surprise to modern-day audiences that Vincente Minnelli's bubbly Gigi walked away with nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in its day. A charming Cinderella story based on the classic novel by Colette, yes, but Best Picture? Well, if Forrest Gump could do it, why not this breezy little musical from Lerner and Loewe?...Set in turn-of-the-century Paris, Gigi concerns the friendship and eventual romantic entanglement of our young Parisian heroine Gigi (Leslie Caron) and older, sugar millionaire Gaston Lachaille (Louis Jourdan looking like a cross between Ricky Martin and Adam West). Though seemingly manipulated like beautiful chess pieces by their scheming families, the lovers ultimately find their own happy ending. Along the way we are treated to Cecil Beaton's stylish costume design, and Andre Previn's orchestrations of classic tunes like "I Remember It Well," "She Is Not Thinking of Me," and "The Night They Invented Champagne." And then there is the tres magnifique presence of the supremely dapper Maurice Chevalier, eyes twinkling as he performs "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore" and, of course, "Thank Heaven for Little Girls."
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Robert Payne
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Slip Sleeve, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic Exuberant. Bright and witty. The stars are most appealing.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Charming...exquisitely filmed, perfectly cast...
MaryAnn Johanson, The Flick Filosopher A charming delight.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times A marvelous, original work...
The Motion Picture Guide Lavish, glossy and eminently tuneful.

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