USA | 1958 | 115 mins | musical | dir. Vincente Minnelli, with Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier | in English | cert. PG
Gigi, an innocent French girl, finds herself being trained by two veteran Parisian courtesans so that she can become the mistress of Gaston Lachaille, a family friend and heir to a sugar fortune. However, when Gaston actually falls in love with the young Gigi, he complicates a long-standing family tradition and throws their carefully ordered social circle into a flap. The source material for director Vincente Minnelli's ornate musical lies in Colette's 1944 novella of the same name, one of the most recognised works in her illustrious writing career.
Followed by a discussion between Leslie Caron and Professor Diana Holmes (University of Leeds)