|Producer(s)||Arthur Freed (uncredited)|
|Top Genres||Comedy, Musical, Romance|
|Top Topics||Based on Play, Book-Based, Coming of Age, Courtship / Dating, Money, Paris, Romance (Musical), Socialites|
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).
Set in Paris at the turn of the century, this delightful Lerner-and-Loewe musical, based on a story by Colette, follows a precocious French girl as she is groomed into a would-be courtesan and blossoms into a stunning woman. The story provides plenty of opportunity for Minnelli and MGM to pull out all the stops in its first musical production shot on location.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
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|
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Madame Alvarez: Please, Gaston... no papers... no scandal.
Gaston Lachaille: Madame, will you do me the honour, the favour... give me the infinite joy of bestowing on me... Gigi's hand in marriage?
Madame Alvarez: Thank Heaven!
Honore Lachaille: Look at all the captivating / fascinating things there are to do!
Gaston Lachaille: Name two.
Honore Lachaille: Look at the pleasures / of the myriad of treasures / we have got!
Gaston Lachaille: Like what?
Honore Lachaille: Look at Paris in the spring / when each solitary thing / is more beautiful than ever before! / You can hear every tree / almost saying "Look at me!"
Gaston Lachaille: What color are the trees?
Honore Lachaille: Green!
Gaston Lachaille: What color were they last year?
Honore Lachaille: Green!
Gaston Lachaille: And next year?
Honore Lachaille: Green!
Gaston Lachaille: It's a bore!
Gigi: Why did he fly off the handle? He knew I'd answer him back.
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Ina Claire was offered the role of Aunt Alicia but declined.
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.
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