Gigi (1958) - Comedy, Musical, Romance

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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: 6.7
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier
Length: 115 Minutes
PG Rating: G
Reviews: 47 out of 133 found boring (35.33%)

One-line Reviews (112)

She became a "bore.

Take the song "It's a Bore," which Gastone sings with another man.

But, as I said, Louis Jourdan, as the man who thinks everything's a bore, is often a bore himself, though at least he sings the song "Gigi" beautifully.

The stunning cinematography and costumes by the often used Hollywood costume designer Cecil Beaton (who would work on the costumes for 1964's "My Fair Lady") are exquisite.

And Cecil Beaton's costumes plus every other creative and technical aspect of the film are stunning.

I'm fairly indifferent to the whole genre but I did find it reasonably enjoyable.

For all the ritziness of his resplendent mise en scène, exquisite costumes and its paraphernalia, in spectacular Metrocolour, CinemaScope glory; for a panoply of vintage chansons to entertain viewers for sheer escapism, sometimes sung in a carefree singsong style, GIGI is a delightful if not equally patronising anachronism, formulaically pontificates with outdated chivalry and self-praised upper-class etiquette with a way too serious face, it might encapsulate the zeitgeist, but for modern viewers, to quote Gaston Lachaille's own words: it's a bore!

" Slow moving hardly describes it.

There are no catchy tunes, and the big number of the piece, THE NIGHT THEY INVENTED CHAMPAGNE, is uninteresting and lacks the charisma of other showstoppers in other musicals such as IF I WERE A RICH MAN, MARIA, or FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD.

Of all the films which won the Best Picture Oscar, one has to wonder how this ho hum musical earned all nine Oscars for which it was nominated.

The glossy production is appropriate for the story line, which implicitly portrays the main characters as rather superficial, if often engaging, individuals.

MGM's last great film musical in 1958 (before the breakup of the old studio system), featuring an engaging score by Lerner and Loewe that brings out the characters' private thoughts and feelings, charismatic performances by all the principals, and gorgeous cinematography.

Great coming of age story, told with a twist!

This movie is boring, the characters are annoying, the songs are forgettable and the story is a mess.

And bear in mind that the fillings of this boring story have no comedy or mystery or anything for that matter.

At least Jordan is honest when he sings, "It's a Bore.

It certainly doesn't pass muster as a good social commentary or musical, with only hints of cleverness in the dialogue, and repetitive music.

It's a Bore .

She is flat, dull, and does not evoke any kind of caring for her from the audience.

Leslie Caron is engaging, although there are times when her character does not get to do much, other than react to the other characters.

But, as Gaston relates in song, he is truly bored with his lofty position in society, with women, and with parties.

Sadly, after a decent early entrance with Chevalier, Louis Jourdan is very bland and unengaging.

I have nothing against these old Hollywood Technicolor productions but all the Crayola feast in the world can't make up for monotonous and predictable plots, although I concede that, within its own limited but existent appeal, it was a little more enjoyable than "My Fair Lady...

I don't care that the movie is old, but it is very boring, the songs are horrible and there are almost no good scenes of Paris!

Musical numbers often tend to slow the movie down a bit.

The songs are trite at best, creepy at worst, and ineptly dubbed.

Colorful & Usually Entertaining, Though Somewhat Shallow .

Everything about this movie is stunning - the music, the costuming (the precision is fantastic), the story, the cinematography, the performances...

Gigi is an out-of-context and out-of-time portrayal of a textbook tale that may be entertaining but is more pretentious than it has the potential to.

It's a Bore all right...

Francophiles should eat it up, as the scenes of the tree-lined boulevards of Haussman, the Bois De Boulogne, The Arc De Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, outdoor restaurants and cafés, ice-skating ring, the beach scenes, the nightlife at such restaurant/dance clubs as Maxim's, are all wonderfully evocative of 19th century and turn of the century France and quite honestly makes one want to go to France.

For all the sweetness and innocence of Leslie Caron as Gigi, this movie is quite dull and unengaging.

"La Belle Epoque",just before WW1 is just a cliché.

It's not even due to it being a musical - the plot is bland and uninteresting.

are so trite, sickeningly sweet and grating that their combined characteristics served to make my VHS display tick backwards!

Dull, unengaging...

The story itself loses interest about half way through and the songs are dull and uninspiring.

Indeed, this is one of the most boring and poorly-acted in the history of the genre.

The plot is rather distasteful, and for a musical, it's pretty darn dull - not too many memorable songs and no large dance numbers.

I love the song 'Gigi' when he goes for a stroll around Paris, and the look in his eyes - breathtaking.

Gaston is quite bored with the high society life and the women he I supposed to be dating.

Well, to quote a line from the movie, "It's a bore!

) Gaston has just broken up with another one of his many love interests, and has become bored with the dating scene in its entirety.

The long, drawn out story continues on an meandering and frustrating path until an illogical and anticlimactic ending.

(A would-be courtesan who is still a virgin in her late twenties is definitely a slow starter).

"Gigi" is a tedious, far too stately film.

"I Remember It Well", "Gigi", "The Parisians" and "It's A Bore" are all as eloquently, wordily witty as their MFL counterparts.

Paris is stunning in this movie, and the filmmakers do a great job of making it look like the stuff of all our romantic fairy tales (which, sad cliché though it may be, it is).

While it has a flimsy, predictable storyline that does not support its running time, there are exquisite sets, gorgeous Cecil Beaton costumes, breathtaking locations, and award-winning Joseph Ruttenberg cinematography.

It is early-20th century France and aristocrat Louis Jourdan is getting tired of the same dull, boring women.

After seeing it last night, I found it a truly delightful film with a fine breath of bittersweet air about it, and also an entertaining and sophisticated treat.

Anyway, "Gigi" is a classic gem and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves fun movies and pretty music!

Superbly put together by the master of art in MGM musicals (Vincent Minnelli), "Gigi" can be appreciated more in repeat viewings as you get older, but some slow dramatic spots really cause it to drag a bit.

That was the year I fell in love again, and what a gloriously entertaining musical with Chevalier singing "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" referring to the young girl played by Leslie Caron,etc.

Even the songs are old-fashionable and boring.

These boring tunes add another 30 minutes to a snobbish film that already overstays its welcome.

As in their recent stage success My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe's songwriting is led by the lyrics, with a number like "It's a Bore" playing out like a musical conversation, with Loewe's melody skittering along to Lerner's vibrant wordplay.

) they contribute the film's finest moment: the duet "I Remember It Well (visually breathtaking against a sky which changes from pastel blue to coral to a flaming orange sunset).

"A gigantic, romantic cliché" .

The Learner & Lowe score is equal their great Broadway success MY FAIR LADY, and offers such enjoyable and memorable songs as "Gigi" and "The Night They Invented Champagne;" the script equals and merges with the music to considerable effect.

Only drawback: it's a bit overlong and could have used some editing for the slow moments.

But how it managed to snag Best Picture and Screenplay from far more engrossing and honest films like "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" and "The Defiant Ones" is simply beyond me.

) with life, with his brigades of easy women, lavish parties, and languid trips to the watering holes of Europe.

The title song, "I Don't Understand The Parisians", "Waltz at Maxim's (She Is Not Thinking Of Me)", "The Night They Invented Champagne", "I'm Bored" and "I Remember It Well" are all absolutely delicious tunes.

"Gigi" is a coming of age story involving a girl (Leslie Caron) and the man (Louis Jourdan as Gaston) whose affections for her become romantic when she becomes a young woman.

The surplus of talk, the lack of dancing and of memorable music all contribute to "Gigi" being a very dull, talky film, that struggled to keep my attention.

Meanwhile Gaston, who is handsome and rich, has a "reputation" in Paris with the beautiful ladies, but he finds all that boring, boring, boring.

Pleasant, mostly charming Lerner & Loewe musical engaging the cream of French talent (Chevalier, Jourdain, Caron and more), prettily placed in front of the camera by maestro musical director Vincente Minelli.

Alan Jay Lerner and Frederic Loewe's last and lovely score, presents such by-now-classic numbers as "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Any More", "She's Not Thinking of Me", "I Remember It Well", "The Night They Invented Champagne", "It's a Bore" and "Gigi".

Those and other tunes by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe are pretty enjoyable and reminiscent of their songs for their Broadway success of My Fair Lady which would eventually be adapted intact for the movies several years later.

You will definitly be entertained and charmed for two hours, but you may also be bored in some parts.

It's a bore.

It is far from being a great film, but it still is an enjoyable production, with, if nothing else, a great atmosphere of the era.

Honore Lachaille (the boring and grinner Maurice Chevalier) is the futile grand-father of Gaston.

The first time i watched the movie, i felt it was a "bore".

As Louis Jordan comments, "It's a bore".

Despite the good songs, the movie version of "My Fair Lady" hits a dull thud.

I can understand why some people find certain scenes to be over-long & boring, and why they don't particularly care for the plot, although none of these have bothered me one *bit*.

Mental note, I need to see the rest of the nominees from 1958's Academy Awards to see if it was just a slow year for film or if Gigi has simply lost its luster.

The breathtaking Art Nouveau sets and fin de siecle costumes were all designed by Cecil Beaton and are even more gorgeous than those he did for the film version of "My Fair Lady" a few years later.

The costumes are ravishing, the sets are lavish and the scenery is breathtaking.

"It's a bore!

Collette thought she had found her perfect Gigi in Audrey Hepburn, so it makes perfect sense that Hollywood casts the inferior, bland, and ultimately unlikeable Leslie Caron in the film version of "Gigi".

It lacks the depth of "My Fair Lady", for example, which followed six years later and bore striking similarities.

Worth seeing for the colorful settings and some entertaining sequences, "Gigi" is enjoyable enough to watch that most of the time you don't notice how shallow it actually is.

I was at first frustrated by the seeming lack of plot; the first half of the film just seems engaged with establishing character and not driving the story forward.

"It's a Bore" and "I Don't Understand the Parisians" are companion pieces as it were, and their similarities set up Gigi and Gaston as kindred spirits.

saw this in tne theatre in 1958, Lowes' Newark, came out singing the score, so happy so enjoyable !

The chemistry among the characters which becomes essential in such genre features, is surprisingly dull, off putting and way too textbook for it to breed any crisp through it.

In fact, the speak-singing that seems to characterize Lerner and Lowe's songs is incredibly repetitive and done much better in "My Fair Lady".

And Gaston repeating endlessly how boring things were for him hardly seems a way to entertain.

As far as I can tell, "Gigi" is about bored rich people doing bored rich people things (although I will say that Alicia reminded me of Mrs. Howell on "Gilligan's Island").

Maurice Chevalier really is underused; he seems irrelevant to the main, boring Pygmalion plot.

A musical with only two memorable songs ("Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and "It's a Bore"), only one of which is good ("It's a Bore"), is not likely to be a good musical.

The sets and costumes are colourful, the characters and actors playing them are great fun, the songs that I most remember are "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" (number 56 on 100 Years, 100 Songs), "It's a Bore" and "I Remember It Well", it is a good fun musical classic that is one to see.

The story ostensibly takes place in France, but it seems to unfold mainly in bland, claustrophobic drawing rooms.

Unlike most of his ilk, Gaston is fed up with the predominant items available and desires a change from socialite holidays to nations such as Italy and Spain, as well as the finer things on offer in Paris in the form of wines and such; something established through one of the film's many delightful musical numbers and a reoccurring quote throughout of "it's a bore" confirming this.

That aspect of the film alone makes it intriguing: a film about life as a Parisian courtesan that manages to qualify as a family film.

Boring musical with no memorable music .

Simply one charmingly entertaining movie to watch.

" The younger Gaston is bored ("It's a Bore!

Louis Jordan as Gaston the bored millionaire playboy was OK in a romantic role which was relatively undemanding.

The "Say A Prayer For Me Tonight" scene reminded me of "The Boondocks" Hunger Strike episode where the BET CEO has what appears to be a dead cat in her arms (meant to be a spoof of Dr. Evil and Mr. Bigglesworth, but unintentionally also spoofs Gigi and her cat) I found most of the songs lacklustre and dull and instantly forgettable.

His nephew Gaston (Louis Jourdan) is a famous womanizer and bored with everything except his friendship with Madame Alvarez (Hermione Gingold) and her young fun-loving granddaughter Gigi (Leslie Caron).

Very enjoyable.

Maurice Chevalier, I guess, plays a love him or hate him role, as the sly old bachelor uncle forever winking and shrugging his shoulders as he mugs directly to camera (to what end I'm not quite sure) - I tend to the latter view, myself, finding him a bit of an unbearable nuisance.

This was the SECOND time because the first time, I fell asleep after the first half-hour.

And Louis Jourdan and Chevalier's brilliant rhythm and rhyme duet while arguing whether the world is boring or too happy that you can't live without it.

In the words of Gaston Lachaille, "it's a bore!

In it, he basically expresses that everything in life, every part of Paris and all the world, is boring.

However, Alvarez is friends with a rich playboy Gaston Lachaille (Jourdan) who loves to get away from society's trappings - which he finds a "bore" - by visiting her humble apartment, especially because of her energetic granddaughter; he's known Gigi since she was a child and loves to play cards with her.

A tedious musical about Parisian society around 1900.