Gigi (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2008) Director Vincente Minnelli's mother hailed from a clan named Le Beau, which may explain his gift for celebrating Gallic culture. Despite the inescapable fakery of…
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Gigi (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2008)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Sep 16, 2008; DVD Release Date: Sep 16, 2008; Movie Rated: G; Genres: Drama, Musical; With: Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier; Distributor: MGM

Director Vincente Minnelli's mother hailed from a clan named Le Beau, which may explain his gift for celebrating Gallic culture. Despite the inescapable fakery of his An American in Paris — shot almost entirely on California sets and backlots — there's tremendous visual wit in its love-letter visions of post-WWII expatriate-artist patronage. (Never mind that beefy dance genius Kelly makes one unlikely painter.) Gigi, the story of a girl (the delightful Caron) saved from de facto prostitution by true love, is an even more scrumptious Parisian valentine, since it's garnished with lots of actual locations. Buyer beware: The docs and commentaries are smart and well researched, but these remastered transfers should look and sound better in high-def Blu-ray next year. A

Originally posted Sep 11, 2008 Published in issue #1012 Sep 19, 2008 Order article reprints