Gigi (1948): Origins–French Serio-Comedy of Collette, Starring Gaby Morlay

Jacqueline Audry directed Gigi, a French comedy of manners, based on the novella Gigi by Colette, starring Gaby Morlay, Jean Tissier and Yvonne de Bray.

If you want to know more about Gigi, please read my 2009 biography of director Vincente Minnelli:

Gigi, a young girl (Daniélle Delorme) coming of age is being trained as a courtesan by her family, and realizes she not only adores the debonair, close family friend Gaston, who has spoiled her with attention and care for most of her life (Franck Villard), but that she is in love with him.

Despite efforts of Gigi´s down-to-earth, doting Grandmother and charming socialite Aunt to bring the couple together by the socially accepted practice, it is the undeniable and compelling love between Gigi and Gaston that triumphs.

The film is nicely directed by Jacqueline Audry, who emphasizes the tale’s humor of without losing the sensitivity of the central young love.

Most viewers know better the musical version of Gigi, starring Leslie Caron, filmed  by Minnelli in 1958, sweeping all the Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

The 1949 film is included as an extra on the 2008 2-disc DV and 2009 Blu-ray Dis versions of the 1958 film.


I am grateful to TCM for showing the film on December 9, 2019.