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Film: Gigi

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!
Honoré Lachaille, singing the most famous number

A 1958 MGM movie musical based on the 1944 novella by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Gigi was directed by Vincente Minnelli and written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, following their success on My Fair Lady. Starring Maurice Chevalier and Leslie Caron as the eponymous Gigi, the film won all nine of its Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, breaking the record set by Gone with the Wind. note 

Gaston is a rich Parisian who wants to break from the stultifying traditions of his family. He finds refuge in his time with Gigi, a young girl raised by her aunt and grandmother to be a rich man's courtesan. For quite a while, the two see each other as siblings, nothing more. Over time, Gaston comes to the realization that Gigi has grown up. Can he really bear to take her as his mistress?

Not to be confused with Gigli.

This film provides examples of:


High SocietyAcademy Award for Best Original SongBreakfast at Tiffany's
Gentlemen Prefer BlondesRomance NovelGives Light
Witness for the ProsecutionAcademy AwardAuntie Mame
Das VersprechenFilms of the 1950sHercules
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and MurderThe MusicalGod Help The Girl
Out of the PastNational Film RegistryLawrence of Arabia
Getting Even With DadCreator/Metro-Goldwyn-MayerGoodbye, Mr. Chips

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