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. (imdb)
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No.... This won Best Picture in the same year that 'Vertigo' only got noms for Art Direction and Sound?!! No-no-no. NO!
Creepy pedo narrator leads to an even creepier plot.
Clueless mediocrity. It may be a lighthearted musical but that doesn't take away from the fact that it is completely genuine in its deplorable borderline creepy message. It's sometimes fun in a campy, 'I can't believe they thought that was a good idea' way, but it's unaware of that fact and so most of it isn't very fun at all. The songs aren't bad but they're not particularly good either, fluff that would be nice in a better overall film, but far from enough to save this wreck.
The least camera movement in any musical ever. And the plot is creepy.
To quote a song from the movie: "It's a bore!" Everything in Gigi had already been done better in Lerner & Loewe's stage version of My Fair Lady, and was again upstaged in the movie version of that musical. Aside from "I Remember it Well" the songs are pretty terrible. Chevalier's narrator character is notably creepy with pedophile vibes and the whole thing stinks of misogyny. About the only nice qualities are the costumes, set designs, and Leslie Caron being cute. Bottom 5 Best Picture winner.
9 Oscars for a misogynistic musical with totally forgettable music?? Oh I remember the opening title: Thank Heaven for Little Girls sung by a creepy pedophile old man...
Three or four great numbers and a cast that promised slightly more than it delivered in my opinion. Charming and true to the period but lacking pace in the middle - a gentle comedy and mild romance. One for a wet afternoon.
There must have been a time when this flick was utterly charming, but that must have been a VERY long time ago. It does look great--I'll give you that. But the whole plot, peppered with a bunch of forgettable songs, is just so very creaky, embarrassing, and downright weird. And, yes, creepy ("The elderly Maurice Chevalier singing "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" may give one pause."--Pauline Kael). Did everyone drink champagne ALL the time (at the ice skating rink!) in the Paris of 1900?
Sweet, charming and kind of conventional musical that won nine Oscars, including Best Picture. Far from a masterpiece, but still a good exemple of the genre at its peak in the 50s.
In Paris c. 1900, terminally bored Gaston (Louis Jourdan) finds himself falling in love with Gigi (Leslie Caron), a sprightly young girl whose family is training her to be a courtesan. Colorful Lerner & Loewe musical adaptation of Colette's novella, heavily honored by the Academy at the time, but 60 years on it seems hampered by the meandering story, dated premise, and lack of great numbers. Decent acting and gorgeous settings keep it fairly afloat, but it's one of the slightest Oscar winner
In serious contention for the title of "worst Best Picture winner." I enjoyed the set design and Andre Previn's orchestrations. Apart from that, the whole movie was a nostalgic ode to early 20th-century misogyny. As for the songs, it feels like Lerner and Loewe were basically just attempting to replicate the successes of "My Fair Lady" with different lyrics.... Except that instead of being tongue-in-cheek and satirical, "Gigi" plays it all painfully straight.
|Average Percentile 43.12% from 514 Ratings|