Gigi 1958

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Director Vincente Minnelli and producer Arthur Freed capped the success of their earlier hits 'Meet Me in St Louis' and 'An American in Paris' with this lavish musical adaptation of Colette's famous novel. Gigi (Leslie Caron), an innocent French girl, finds herself being trained as a courtesan so that she can become the mistress of Gaston Lachaille (Louis Jourdan), a family friend and heir to a sugar fortune. However, when Gaston actually falls in love with the young Gigi he complicates a long-standing family tradition and throws their whole social circle into a flap. The film won nine Oscars: Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Editor, Set Design, Screenplay, Costumes, Score and Song.

Starring:
Eva Gabor, Hermione Gingold
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Runtime 1 hour 50 minutes
Starring Eva Gabor, Hermione Gingold, Jacques Bergerac, Isabel J, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, John Abbott, Maurice Chevalier, Monique Van Vooren, Isabel Jeans
Director Vincente Minnelli
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 2 June 2003
Main languages English

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Mc on 1 Sept. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
One of my rare criticisms of Amazon would be their failure to distinguish between reviews of ordinary dvd's and that of a Blu-ray update. For many films they are worlds apart and Gigi is no exception. I have been a fan of Gigi for more years than I care to remember. As a young man I adored the film and would seek out cinemas to watch the film again and again. Imagine my disappointment when I bought the ordinary dvd to show on my new large projection screen home cinema! To some extent the quality was acceptable when viewed on a standard size television but the picture imperfections were clear as soon as it was magnified on an 8 foot screen! And then there was the problem of the lip synch.

To my amazement this is a problem that is rarely discussed in Amazon reviews or indeed anywhere else. I know that I am more susceptible to this problem than many others. However, in some cases on ordinary dvd's the sychronisation is out by nearly half a second. 'There's Something About Mary' and 'Prelude to a Kiss' are examples of bad lip synch and sadly the ordinary Gigi dvd is equally bad. I know that you can make slight adjustments on modern home cinema equipment but the synchronistion is often too far out to be corrected.

Eureka! Problem solved on every Blu-ray disc that I have bought and in particular with the Blu-ray version of Gigi. Last night we watched this wonderful film in the Blu-ray version. It was like watching a new film. Fabulous revitalised colours and a pin sharp picture for most of the time. Such detail! The sound quality had also been much improved although this was less obvious than the benefit in video quality.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Turner on 28 May 2009
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We thought we would enjoy a bit of nostalgia when we purchased this DVD and yes we did. The film was rather dated but to be expected perhaps after all this time. However we thoroughly enjoyed it. Good acting and lovely music though the sound quality not that good.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2003
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Whilst I really shouldn't give this a five star rating, every time I tried to reduce it I found I couldn't. Having just watched the film, I'm still too full of the pleasure of watching something so riotously happy. The reason I shouldn't give it 5 stars is because of the quality of the DVD itself. It looks more like video than DVD, with some quite serious scratch/flicker, particularly at the beginning and during one number.
With the impossibly handsome Louis Jourdan, Leslie Caron doing her sweet little girl act, and the incomparable Maurice Chevalier (try watching Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and I think you might see where that came from!), the cast couldn't be better. The LernerLoewe songs are all hum a long, the script witty and the costumes wonderful, making the whole film very easy on the eye.
Not surprising then that the film won 9 Oscars, including best picture, director, cinematography, costume design, and song.
Worth forking out for provided you don't mind the DVD quality issues. Personally, don't regret it in the least
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov. 2002
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Few successful musicals have been put directly on screen, without first appearing as a stage musical. Gigi is one of them. It was a stage play but not a musical one until after the film was made. It won 9 out of 9 Oscars including Best Picture. Anyone fond of classic film and musicals or just any film lover at all must watch. The beautiful on location filming, costumes and music make it somewhat lavishly operatic. The acting is brilliant. Leslie Caron, although her songs were dubbed, is charming as Gigi, Louis Jourdan plays Gaston splendidly and Maurice Chevalier gives a superb performance as Honore, singing the memorable 'Thank Heaven For Little Girls'. With such a film like this, it is no wonder that 'I Remember It Well'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 May 2011
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The MGM musical was all but dead when Gigi gave the studio its biggest ever musical hit, but it's not one of their best despite having a lot going for it. It's lavishly mounted, making excellent use of both Paris locations and the MGM backlot (Hermione Gingold and Leslie Caron live in the same apartment building as Les Girls the previous year) and benefits immensely from a witty script, though it does threaten to drag in places and there's a curious shift of emphasis from Leslie Caron's Gigi to Louis Jourdan's eternally bored Gaston. The real sparkle comes from the sidelines, as Hermione Gingold gets all the best lines, Maurice Chevalier all the best songs and the two of them share the film's best scene, the genuinely charming duet I Remember It Well. Of course, if Chevalier hung around a park singing Thank Heaven for Little Girls while watching children at play today he'd probably be arrested, but then this is a film which - with a little choice dilution of the original story - makes the grooming of a young girl to be a courtesan seem almost wholesome family entertainment. At times straining just a little too hard to be a Gallic-themed My Fair Lady (not unsurprising with Lerner and Loewe providing the score), it almost but not quite outstays its welcome but still just about manages to come out ahead even if it does feel like the kind of party where the hosts have ordered the most expensive champagne rather than the best.Read more ›
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