Gigi (1958) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by Arthur Freed.
The film was based on the novel of the same name from & Musical Play written by Sidonie Gabrielle Colette published in 1944 (novel); Nov 24, 1951 - May 31, 1952 (play performed at Fulton Theatre, NY).
Gigi was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.
Academy Awards 1958 --- Ceremony Number 31 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: William A. Horning, Preston Ames; Set Decoration: Henry Grace, Keogh Gleason||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Joseph Ruttenberg||Won|
|Best Costume Design||Cecil Beaton||Won|
|Best Director||Vincente Minnelli||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Adrienne Fazan||Won|
|Best Music - Scoring||Andre Previn||Won|
|Best Music - Song||Music by Frederick Loewe; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner||Won|
|Best Picture||Arthur Freed, Producer||Won|
|Best Writing||Alan Jay Lerner||Won|
Thank Heaven For GIGI (1958) (1)By Margaret Perry on Oct 13, 2012 From The Great Katharine Hepburn
Thank Heaven For GIGI (1958) "GIGI" is the shortest title of any movie to have won the Academy Award for best picture. The day after the film won nine Oscars at the 1959 Academy Awards, telephone operators at the studio answered the phones with a cheery "M-Gigi-M!" The original story was wr... Read full article
Thank Heaven For GIGI (1958)By Margaret Perry on Oct 13, 2012 From The Great Katharine Hepburn
Thank Heaven For GIGI (1958) Labels: Alan Jay Lerner, Andre Previn, Anita Loos, Cecil Beaton, Colette, Frederick Loewe, Gigi (1958), Hermione Gingold, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier, MGM, My Fair Lady (1964), Vincente Minnelli "GIGI" is the shortest title of any m... Read full article
Thank Heaven For GIGI (1958) (2)By MargaretPerry on Oct 13, 2012 From Margaret Perry
“Caron leads the cast in a contest to see who can be the most French.” (TV Guide) “No doubt inspired by the finicky claustrophobic sets and bric-a-brac, the cast tries (with unfortunate success) to be more French than the French.” (Time Out New York) “I am too old for w... Read full article
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“Gigi” – Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice ChevalierBy Art on Jul 10, 2011 From Classic Cinema Gold
“This story is about a little girl. It could be about any one of those little girls playing there. But it isn’t. It’s about one in particular. Her name is Gigi.” ~ Honore Lachaille (Maurice Chevalier) . “Gigi” is a 1958 musical film produced by Arthur Freed and... Read full article
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Gigi: Why shouldn't I know? You're world famous. I know about the woman who stole from you, the Contessa who wanted to shoot you, the American who wanted to marry you. I know what everybody knows.
Gaston Lachaille: These aren't the things we have to talk about together! That's all in the past, over and done with!
Gigi: Yes, Gaston. Until it begins again.
Aunt Alicia: Love, my dear Gigi, is a thing of beauty like a work of art, and like a work of art it is created by artists. The greater the artist the greater the art. And what makes an artist?
Gigi: Cigars and jewelry?
Aunt Alicia: Gigi, you're from another planet.
Aunt Alicia: Marriage is not forbidden to us, but instead of getting married at once, it sometimes happens we get married at last.
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The Broadway production of the stage play "Gigi" by Anita Loos opened at the Fulton Theater on November 24, 1951, ran for 219 performances and closed on May 31, 1952. The title role was portrayed by then unknown Audrey Hepburn who won the 1952 Theatre World Award for her performance.
The song "Say A Prayer for Me Tonight" was meant to be sung by the British Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady." This can be seen in the verse: "Onto your Waterloo, whispers my heart / Pray I'll be Wellington, not Bonaparte." Being sung by a French girl, this is considered an arguably strange sentiment to express. However, the French lost at Waterloo, and Gigi is hoping to win this "epic battle," so to speak.
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