Based on Colette's story of a young Parisian girl (Caron) trained to become a courtesan to the wealthy Gaston (Jourdan). But he finds out he prefers her to be his wife rather than his mistress. Chevalier is Gaston's roguish uncle, who casts an always admiring eye on the ladies. Gingold is Gigi's grandmother and former Chevalier flame, and Gabor amuses as Gaston's current, and vapid, mistress. One of the first MGM movies to be shot on location, this extravaganza features some of the best tributes to the French lifestyle ever filmed. Score includes memorable classics.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 119 minutes.
Oscars 1958: Adapt. Screenplay, Art Dir./Set Dec., Color Cinematog., Costume Des., Director (Minnelli), Film Editing, Picture, Song ("Gigi"), Scoring/Musical; Directors Guild 1958: Director (Minnelli); Golden Globes 1959: Director (Minnelli), Film--Mus./Comedy, Support. Actress (Gingold), Natl. Film Reg. 1991.
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