GIGI (1958) C widescreen 116m dir: Vincente Minnelli
w/Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold, Eva Gabor, Isabel Jeans, Jacques Bergerac, Isabel Jeans, John Abbott, Monique Van Vooren, Lydia Stevens
With a terrific original score (including "The Night They Invented Champagne," "I Remember It Well," and the title tune) and the director's unfailing eye for visual detail, this sophisticated musical about the lovable gamine who's raised to be a courtesan but settles for true love (adapted from Colette) is like vintage champagne that doesn't lose its fizz.
From Variety's review of the film: "The sophistication of Maurice Chevalier (who well-nigh steals the picture), Isabel Jeans, Hermione Gingold and Eva Gabor are [sic] in contrast to the wholesomeness of the Leslie Caron-Louis Jourdan romance. Caron is completely captivating and convincing in the title role.
"Produced in France, Gigi is steeped in exotic backgrounds from Maxim's to the Tuileries, from the Bois de Boulogne to the Palais de Glace ... .
"The performances are well-nigh faultless. From Chevalier as the sophisticated uncle, to John Abbott, his equally suave valet; from Gingold's understanding role as Gigi's grandma to Isabel Jeans, the worldly aunt who could tutor Gigi in the ways of demi-mondaine love; from Jourdan's eligibility as the swain to Bergerac's casual courting of light ladies' loves. Caron's London experience in the stage version of Colette's cocotte (Audrey Hepburn did it in the U.S.) stands her in excellent stead."
GIGI won all nine Oscars it was nominated for: Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay (Alan Jay Lerner), Cinematography (Joseph Ruttenberg), Editing (Adrienne Fazan), Score (Andre Previn), Song ("Gigi," Alan Jay Lerner, Fritz Lowe), Art Direction (Cecil Beaton), and Costume Design (Beaton).