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
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Thank Heaven For GIGI (1958) (2)By MargaretPerry on Oct 13, 2012 From Margaret Perry
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“Gigi” – Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice ChevalierBy Art on Jul 10, 2011 From Classic Cinema Gold
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Gigi: Cigars and jewelry?
Aunt Alicia: Gigi, you're from another planet.
Gigi: Why did he fly off the handle? He knew I'd answer him back.
Gaston Lachaille: [Gaston speculates on the unfaithfulness of his mistress Liane] She's so gay tonight / She's like spring tonight / She's a rollicking, frolicking thing tonight / So disarming, soft and charming / She is not thinking of me / No, she's not thinking of me! In her eyes tonight / There's a glow tonight / They're so bright they could light Fountainbleu tonight / She's so gracious, so vivacious / She is not thinking of me! Bless her little heart / Crooked to the core / Acting out a part / What a rollicking, frolicking bore! She's such fun tonight / She's a treat tonight / You could spread her on bread, she's so sweet tonight / So devoted, sugar-coated / That it's heart-warming to see / Oh, she's simmering with love / Oh, she's shimmering with love / Oh, she's not thinking of me! She is not thinking of me! / Someone has set her on fire / Is it Jacques? Is it Paul or Leon? / Who's turning her furnace up higher? / Oh she's hot, but it's not for Gaston! Oh, she's gay tonight / Oh, so gay tonight / A gigantic, romantic cliché tonight / How she blushes, how she gushes / How she fills me with ennui! / She's so ooh-la-la-la-la, so UNTRUE-la-la-la-la / Oh, she's not thinking of me!
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Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan and Maurice Chevalier are all French, just like the characters they play (Gigi, Gaston, Honore Lachaille).
Cecil Beaton had to supply over 150 period costumes for the scene in the Bois, and 20 ornate gowns for the scene in Maxims. Beaton had difficulty procuring such a large amount of costumes in Paris but when the production moved to Hollywood, he found warehouses stuffed to bursting with period furniture and costumes.
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