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Title:
Gigi
Author:
Caron, Leslie.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Gaston is weary of the conventions of society. He is a rich playboy and is the scion of a wealthy Parisian family who wants to find emotional refuge from the superficial lifestyle of upper class Parisian 1900s society. He seeks refuge with the former mistress of his uncle and her outgoing, tomboy granddaughter, Gigi. She is a youthful courtesan-in-training. When Gaston becomes aware that Gigi has matured into a woman, her grandmother and aunt urge the pair to act out their roles. But a surprise twist happens when the platonic relationship turns into something more.
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Based on the novel by Colette.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1958.

Special features: Commentary by historian Jeanine Basinger with Leslie Caron; "Thank heaven! The making of Gigi:" new documentary about the turbulent creation of a musical classic featuring Leslie Caron and Vincente Minnelli (in HD); new digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements; 1949 nonmusical first screen version of Gigi, starring Danièle Delorme in the title role and directed by Jacqueline Audry (in French with English subtitles); vintage short "The million dollar nickel;" classic CinemaScope cartoon "The vanishing duck;" theatrical trailer.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: G.
ISBN:
9781419868795
UPC:
883929020447
Format :
Blu-Ray

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An heir wants to marry the waif groomed to be his mistress in Gay '90s Paris. Oscars for best picture, director Vincente Minnelli.


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Leslie Caron plays Gigi, a young girl raised by two veteran Parisian courtesans (Hermione Gingold and Isabel Jeans) to be the mistress of wealthy young Gaston (Louis Jourdan). When Gaston falls in love with Gigi and asks her to be his wife, Jeans is appalled: never has anyone in their family ever stooped to anything so bourgeois as marriage! Weaving in and out of the story is Maurice Chevalier as an aging boulevardier who, years earlier, had been in love with Gingold's character. Chevalier gets most of the best Lerner & Loewe tunes, including Thank Heaven for Little Girls, I'm Glad I'm Not Young Any More, and his matchless duet with Gingold, I Remember it Well. Caron's best number (dubbed by Betty Wand) is The Night They Invented Champagne while Jourdan gets the honor of introducing the title song. Filmed on location in Paris, Gigi won several Oscars, including Best Picture; it also represented the successful American movie comeback of Chevalier, who thanks to this film was "forgiven" for his reputed collaboration with the Nazis during World War II. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi