As the fifth and last film in the Novel Destinations Summer Film Series, Dublin Library will be showing “Gigi,”  based on  the play by lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe, which itself was based on the novel by the French novelist and performer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette,  at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Program Room, on Saturday, July 23rd. 

In this film, which won 9 Oscars in 1959,  a rich playboy (Louis Jourdan) and a youthful courtesan-in-training (Leslie Caron) enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long. Gaston, the heir of a wealthy family finds emotional refuge from the superficial lifestyle of upper class Parisian 1900s society with the former mistress of his uncle and her outgoing granddaughter, Gigi. When Gaston becomes aware that Gigi has matured into a woman, her grandmother and aunt, who have educated Gigi to be a wealthy man’s mistress, urge the pair to act out their roles but love adds a surprise twist to this delightful turn-of-the 20th century Cinderella story.  

Movie trivia:

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 and novelist Jean Cocteau.

Most of the film was shot on location in Paris, with the last few numbers being completed in an apartment that MGM constructed on their backlot. 

When Alan Jay Lerner met Leslie Caron in London to discuss the film with her, he was surprised to discover that Caron, who was of French birth, had become so immersed in the English culture that she had lost her French accent.

The day after the movie won nine Oscars, M.G.M telephone operators were instructed to answer all phone calls with “Hello, M-Gigi-M.”

The Novel Destinations Summer Film Series are all free of charge and are being shown in conjunction with the “Novel Destinations – Read Your Way Around the World” adult summer reading game.    Instructions and game forms are available on the display table right next to the adult public access computer terminals in the library.

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