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Category: Comedy, Music/Musical, RomanceNotable as: Musical comedy, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Musical, Romance Film, Romantic comedy, Musical comedy, ComedyNarrative location: ParisRuntime: 115 - 119 minutesColor: colorLanguage: English, FrenchCountry: United StatesDirector: Vincente MinnelliScreenwriter: Alan Jay Lerner, ColetteBased on: GigiMusic: Frederick LoeweCinematography: Joseph Ruttenberg, Ray JuneStars: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Jacques Bergerac, Hermione Gingold, Isabel Jeans, Eva Gabor, John Abbott, Corinne Marchand Producer: Arthur FreedStudio: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAwards won: Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color (Joseph Ruttenberg)
Academy Award for Best Costume Design (Cecil Beaton)
Academy Award for Best Director (Vincente Minnelli)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Adrienne Fazan)
Academy Award for Best Original Musical Score
Academy Award for Best Picture (Arthur Freed)
Academy Award for Best Production Design
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Alan Jay Lerner)
National Film Registry
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Gigi is a 1958 American Metrocolor musical romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli. The screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner is based on the 1944 novella of the same name by Colette. The film features songs with lyrics by Lerner; music by Frederick Loewe, arranged and conducted by André Previn. In 1991, Gigi was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The American Film Institute ranked it #35 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions. The film is considered the last great MGM musical and the final great achievement of the Freed Unit, headed by producer Arthur Freed, although he would go on to produce several more films, including the musical Bells Are Ringing in 1960. The film was the basis for an unsuccessful stage musical produced on Broadway in 1973. A pre-Broadway production of the musical, newly adapted by Heidi Thomas and directed by Eric D. Schaeffer is planned to run the Kennedy Center in January 2015.

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