Opened: May 15, 1958
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold, Eva Gabor, Jacques Bergerac, Isabel Jeans & John Abbott
Winning nine trophies at the 31st annual Academy Awards, Gigi is one of the most celebrated musicals of all-time, despite being largely forgotten now.
Gigi (Leslie Caron) is a courtesan-in-training in Paris. Her grandmother Madame Alvarez (Hermione Gingold) and great Aunt Alicia (Isabel Jeans) oversee her and are excited when family friend and playboy Gaston Lachaille (Louis Jourdan) shows more than platonic interest in her.
The entire design of the film is eye candy for the viewer. The set designs are lavish and rich with color, while the costumes are beautifully elaborate.
Unfortunately, there are several parts of the film that run slow. While Maurice Chevalier is charming as Honoré Lachaille, many of his scenes have him sitting or standing in one place alone for multiple minutes.
Final say: It’s beautiful, but a slight bore. ★★★☆☆