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4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous movie, but something's missing from this edition..., January 13, 2005
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This review is from: Gigi (DVD)
Lerner and Loewe, and the scrumptious Nouveau brilliance of Cecil Beaton...what's not to like? I love this movie, and have owned this edition for some time. However, it seems to be missing two segments that I recall from seeing the movie in the theater at revivals: 1) There's an extended soft-focus montage of shots of Gigi in the middle of the musical number, "Gigi," in which Gaston (Louis Jourdan) is supposedly flooded with memories of the girl and realizes he's been in love with her for some time. This appears to have been cut from this DVD edition. 2) Though I can't be 100% certain, I believe Gigi wanders around the gardens a bit more, before launching into "I Don't Understand the Parisians," harumphing at length about her countrymens' insatiable appetite for amour. I don't see this on the DVD either. The DVD itself is pretty stripped-down, with virtually no extra features (except for some footage of an opening-night gala).

Many negative reviews here have commented on the inaccessibilities of a story set more than a century ago in a remote culture, or the inappropriate relationship between Gaston, ostensibly in his mid-30s, and the 15-year-old (in the Colette novella, anyway) Gigi. I suppose everything has to be about us, our times, and our mores?

"Thank heaven," not every story is about our own lives, our own cultures, or our own times. Life would be unbearably dull if all the world's stories were updated to add that focus-group-tested current of feminism, or attitudes about relations between the sexes that were carefully shopped by marketing flunkies to reflect prevailing American tastes. This story is a macro-focus view of a unique sliver of history and culture that, had it not been for Colette's sketch of it, none of us here would have any experience of, whatsoever. It might flatter us to have Caron, in her 1900 couture, suddenly rattle off pert Rory Gilmore-isms about dating and equality, but is that why we read and watch movies? To be flattered? To have ourselves and our beliefs reflected back at us, without exception? I'd hope not!!
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Initial post: Jul 8, 2008 10:50:26 AM PDT
janeslate says:
Thanks for this smart, insightful post. The feminist rants about this movie are idiotic, showing a complete lack of cultural perspective. I can just imagine a remake where Gigi rejects Gaston over his profiteering from unrefined sugar. Although I hate when films are edited, I have to admit that I like the title song better without the flashbacks of Gigi

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2010 6:24:14 PM PDT
Menkaure says:
Great review! You hit it exactly!

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 1:30:51 PM PST
The soft focus montage that this "reviewer" refers to was in fact a desecration of the original film that horrified all the artists who were involved in making it. Gaston's inner struggle is evident in his body language as he wanders about Paris. Later in the film he covers the same territory at night with a more mature struggle. The scene is perfect the way it was shot and edited. I think he is also wrong about Gigi spending more time roaming around the gardens. I have owned every video version of this film that I am aware of that has been released (7) and they have all been exactly the same length. Also, I have seen it in four different theaters and nothing has ever seemed to be missing.
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