Dir. Vincente Minnelli (1958); USA, 119m // 35mm
Starring: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan
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“Love, my dear Gigi, is a thing of beauty like a work of art, and like a work of art it is created by artists. The greater the artist the greater the art.” The artist responsible for this work is director Vincente Minnelli, the genius behind what’s considered to be the last great musical released by MGM featuring the use of MetroColor, a product of MGM’s own color processing lab. Gigi depicts early 20th-century Parisian society by way of a young-courtesan in training named Gigi (Leslie Caron) and her platonic relationship with a rich playboy, Gaston (Louis Jourdan). Gaston finds that spending time with Gigi and Madam Alvarez helps him escape the emotionally overwhelming and superficial lifestyle he leads. Gigi holds its own with a stunning performances doused with glitz and glamour, but also contains darker themes such as the “Wife Husbandry” trope and prostitution, which were still risque subjects to cover for films of the era. Gigi is a film that begs to be seen on its original format, don’t miss seeing it in extravagant 35mm MetroColor.