Gigi

BBB.5

(out of 5)


Vincente Minnelli’s beautifully shot musical comedy was among the great achievements of his later career, and one of the last handful of great musicals to come out of MGM’s golden age. It tells of a young girl (, in a role originally created on Broadway by Audrey Hepburn) being groomed for the stunning life of a turn-of-the-century courtesan, who then throws a wrench in her family’s plans when she falls seriously in love with selfish . This is one of the many Hollywood films of the time to feature people speaking with the kind of French accents that can only in reality belong to an accordion-playing pirate in a striped shirt and beret. The film looks great, and some of the songs are chipper, but the story is too light and doesn’t deserve its full two-hour running time.


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

USA, 1958

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by Colette

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by Cecil Beaton

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1958

Golden Globe Awards 1958

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