Eddie Pensier writes:
The irreplaceable Maurice Chevalier in Vincente Minnelli’s Gigi (1958), a most astonishingly lighthearted and charming Lerner and Loewe musical (based on Colette’s novella of the same name) about a Parisian courtesan.
Do yourself a favor, and ignore the even-sillier-than-usual YouTube commenters blathering on about pedophilia and sex trafficking and prostitution. As usual, the historical and cultural context is totally ignored in favor of a prefabricated SJW narrative which basically amounts to PERVERT! RAPIST! DIRTY OLD MAN!
You know better than that, dear reader. Don’t you?
Blowhard, Esq. writes:
I watched the film a few months back and enjoyed GIGI, which is basically a candy-colored French MY FAIR LADY. The songs are good and Minnelli stages them in a low-key way — a surprising number with the singers seated. Unlike AN AMERICAN IN PARIS I was disappointed that there wasn’t any Caron dancing, but hey, I can’t complain too much given the movie also features pluses like production design and costumes by Cecil Beaton. From a story by Colette, it’s not often you get a mainstream Hollywood musical about a prostitute, even if only hinted at in an oblique way. Of the opening number Pauline Kael said, “The elderly Maurice Chevalier sining ‘Thank Heaven for Little Girls’ may give one pause.” LOL