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Gigi

Gigi(1958)

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Trivia

  • Features the song, "Say a Prayer for Me Tonight", which Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe had originally written for the 1956 stage musical "My Fair Lady," but which was deleted during out-of-town tryouts. Lerner was against including the song in "Gigi", but was effectively overruled by Loewe, producer Arthur Freed and director Vincente Minnelli. (The song contains the couplet, "'On to your Waterloo,' whispers my heart./ Pray I'll be Wellington, not Bonaparte" - arguably an odd sentiment for a French girl to express. In "My Fair Lady", the song was intended for Eliza Doolittle, who was, of course, English.)
  • Gaston's walk through Paris while singing "Gigi" uses camera magic to make parts of Paris which are miles apart seem adjacent to each other. This technique, called "creative geography", was created and named by French filmmaker Jean Cocteau.
  • This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991.
  • Audrey Hepburn was the first choice to play Gigi since she had played the role on stage in 1952, but she was making Funny Face (1957) at the time and declined.
  • Producer Arthur Freed's interest in the story developed in 1953 after Anita Loos expressed her interest in adapting her play as a musical, and after he was able to convince the film industry's Code Office to view the story as condoning rather than glorifying a system of mistresses. Arthur Freed paid Colette's widower $125,000 for the musical rights, and bought out Loos' play version for $87,000.

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