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Leslie Caron (singing voice dubbed by Betty Wand ), Louis Jourdan , Maurice Chevalier
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Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Written by: Alan Jay Lerner , music by Frederick Loewe , from the play by Anita Loos and novel by Colette

Released: 1958
Origin: US
Length: 119

A young, illegitimate Parisian girl (Leslie Caron, pictured right with Louis Jourdan) grows into a woman.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Lerner and Loewe's musical, written directly for the screen (and incorporating songs rejected from My Fair Lady), captures the charm and sexiness of the Colette novel, and is helped along by Minnelli's confident direction, Beaton's elegant design, and faultless performances; Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold are especially enchanting. The songs, which failed to impress some critics of the time, have worn wonderfully well.

The whole film is up to the standard of Lerner and Loewe's finest work, and ranks alongside their My Fair Lady as one of the great movie musicals.

It won nine Oscars, including cinematography (Joseph Ruttenberg), editing (Adrienne Fazan), score (Andre Previn), title song, costume design (Cecil Beaton) and art direction (William A Horning, Preston Ames, Henry Grace, Keogh Gleason).

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