Saturday, April 24, 2010

365 Movies: Gigi Review

Gigi stars Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold, and Maurice Chevalier in this 1958 Vincent Minnelli musical. The film is about a young girl named Gigi(Caron) who learns to grow up, pretty quickly from her loving Grandmother(Gingold) and her Aunt(Isabel Jeans). In the process of her growing up, she falls for family friend, Gaston Lachaille(Jourdan) but at first, he's too stubborn to see, that she's grow up and is now a woman. It's a wonderfully gay musical, that I absolutely adore. It's a smashing good film to watch and the chemistry between Jourdan and Caron sparkles.

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1 comment:

Java Bean Rush said...

Alan Lerner stated in his autobio THE STREET WHERE I LIVE that GIGI was almost never made.

Lerner owed Arthur Freed a last movie for his contract and was about to do a musical retelling of Huckleberry Finn:

"Burton Lane and I wrote a musical film based on HUCKLEBERRY FINN, in which Danny Kaye and Gene Kelly were to play the Duke and Dauphin, and again Vincent [Minnelli] was to direct. Unfortunately, shortly before production began [the U.S. government made] a change in tax law, whereby an American working for an American company overseas who stayed out of the country for a minimum of 18 months would not be obliged to pay any income tax. Off to Europe went the cream of American stars [including Gene Kelly] and HUCKLEBERRY FINN was closed down forever."

Instead Lerner wrote a musical retelling of Collette's GIGI.