Gigi

Synopsis: Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long. Gaston, the scion of a wealthy Parisian family finds emotional refuge from the superficial lifestyle of upper class Parisian 1900s society with the former mistress of his uncle and her outgoing, tomboy granddaughter, Gigi. When Gaston becomes aware that Gigi has matured into a woman, her grandmother and aunt, who have educated Gigi to be a wealthy man's mistress, urge the pair to act out their roles but love adds a surprise twist to this delightful turn-of-the 20th century Cinderella story.
Director(s): Vincente Minnelli
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 9 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 9 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.8
Rotten Tomatoes:
77%
G
Year:
1958
115 min
181 Views

Bonjour, monsieur.

Bonjour, madame...and company.

Good afternoon.

As you see, this lovely city

all around us is Paris.

And this lovely park is, of course,

the Bois de Boulogne.

Pardon me.

Who am l?

Well, allow me to introduce myself.

l am Honor Lachaille.

Born:
Paris.

Date:

Not lately.

This is 1 900.

So let's just say. . .

. . .not in this century.

Circumstances:

Comfortable.

Profession:

Lover and collector

of beautiful things.

Not antiques, mind you.

Younger things.

Yes, definitely younger.

Married?

What for?

Now, please don't misunderstand.

Like everywhere else,

most people in Paris get married.

But not all.

There are some who will not marry

and some who do not marry.

But here in Paris,

those who will not are usually men. . .

. . .and those who do not

are usually women.

Now, for example,

here we find exhibit A:

The married kind.

These ladies stood their ground

And won

And I salute them, every one

Here are some others to behold

For whom the bells have never tolled

Oh, what a poor, defenseless pair

In those pathetic rags they wear

And there is the future.

Someday, each and every one of them. . .

. . .will either be married. . .

. . .or unmarried.

How adorable they are!

Each time I see a little girl

Of 5 or 6 or 7

I can 't resist the joyous urge

To smile and say thank heaven

For little girls

For little girls

Get bigger every day

Thank heaven for little girls

They grow up

In the most delightful way

Those little eyes

So helpless and appealing

One day will flash and send you

Crashing through the ceiling

Thank heaven for little girls

Thank heaven for them all

No matter where

No matter who

Without them

What would little boys do?

Thank heaven

Thank heaven

Thank heaven

For little girls

This story is about a little girl.

lt could be any one of those girls

playing there. But it isn't.

lt's about one in particular.

That one.

Her name is Gigi.

Gigi!

What you have to look forward to!

Those little eyes

So helpless and appealing

One day will flash and send you

Crashing through the ceiling

Thank heaven

For little girls

Thank heaven for them all

No matter where

No matter who

Without them

What would little boys do?

Thank heaven

Thank heaven

Thank heaven

For little girls!

Hello, Grandmama.

Gigi, where have you been?

Playing in the park.

l had to, Grandmama.

My foot fell asleep in class.

lt wouldn't wake up.

Did you forget what day it is?

lt's Tuesday.

Aunt Alicia!

Well, l'd better run.

You cannot go to your Aunt Alicia's

looking like that.

Put your coat on.

Let me comb your hair.

Yes, Grandmama.

l hate this coat.

lt makes my legs feel so long.

Yes, your legs are long.

You know. . .

. . .sometimes l'm sorry

you never learned to dance.

But l want to, Grandmama.

Why don't you let me take lessons?

No. Not the same mistake twice.

Your mother took singing lessons,

and look where she ended up.

Slaving away at the Opra-Comique

in ridiculous little roles.

-She seems happy.

-Happy!

l went to see her one night.

l couldn't even find her.

ln the first act. . .

. . .she was behind a tree.

ln the second act. . .

. . .behind a tenor.

Mama's awake.

lsn't it early?

She's on this afternoon.

If I Were King.

That's more than she does

in the whole opera.

And when l think of

that delightful old gentleman. . .

. . .with all those flour mills.

Who?

Nothing.

You go to school every morning.

You see your Aunt Alicia once a week.

That's all the lessons you need.

When the time comes,

you'll be ready.

Ready for what, Grandmama?

Enough. Now run.

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Alan Jay Lerner

Alan Jay Lerner (August 31, 1918 – June 14, 1986) was an American lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe, and later Burton Lane, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring works of musical theatre both for the stage and on film. He won three Tony Awards and three Academy Awards, among other honors. more…

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