Gigi

Winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, this glorious depiction of Belle Époque Paris stars Leslie Caron as a precocious girl groomed to be a kept woman, who comes to realize she’d rather marry for love instead. Featuring some of Lerner and Loewe’s finest songs (“Thank Heaven for Little Girls”) and the suave Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan, it was the last of the great MGM musicals and crowned the career of director Vincente Minnelli (An American in Paris, Meet Me in Saint Louis).

Appears in: Special Screenings

Genres: Musical, Romance

Other Films by Vincente Minnelli

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The Band Wagon

This Technicolor extravaganza came at a time when MGM could do no wrong, especially the Freed Unit (named for producer Arthur Freed), which released the justly famous Singin’ in the Rain the prior year to rapturous critical and audience reception. Minnelli’s film—produced by Freed and written by the same team behind Singin’—while lesser known, offers