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Not a Broadway-based musical but a screen original, derived from Colette's short novel set in turn-of-the-century Paris, with famous if vapid songs by Lerner and Loewe ('I Remember It Well', 'Thank Heaven for Little Girls'). But the dominating creative contribution comes from Minnelli and Cecil Beaton (responsible for production design and costumes). The combination of these two visual elitists is really too much - it's like a meal consisting of cheesecake, and one quickly longs for something solid and vulgar to weigh things down. No doubt inspired by the finicky, claustrophobic sets and bric-à-brac, the cast tries (with unfortunate success) to be more French than the French, especially Chevalier. The exception is Gingold, who inhabits, as always, a world of her own.

By: GB

Release details

Duration: 116 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Screenwriter: Alan Jay Lerner
Cast: Hermione Gingold
Isabel Jeans
Maurice Chevalier
Eva Gabor
Louis Jourdan
Jacques Bergerac
Leslie Caron
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Nic Olsen

I completely agree. Like I say in my movie critic assignment, watching this movie is like eating shrimp. Eating shrimp is like eating your fingers. You just don't do it.