Minnelli seems to be trying to recreate the magic of those early 30s Chevalier-Lubitsch musicals here. He gets it right to an extent, but this is rather a creepy film storywise lol. I still liked it, although I thought Fanny w/ Caron and Chevalier together was the better film pairing. Some songs here are borderline awful, no wonder its viewed as beginning of the end for the great MGM musicals. For what it is, 4 stars
Based on a notorious story by Colette, about a French girl groomed to be a courtesan. Even this heavily toned down version still retains a certain seediness about it.However,the colour and music of this film gives a sense of joyfulness and a love of life,thats hard to resist.The turn of the century look of the film by Cecil Beaton is sumptuous and both Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan are standouts.A joy to watch!
Maurice Chevalier is such a creep in this! It's evident that Minelli is searching for a bit of the Lubitsch touch in this one and he succeeds half of the time. Leslie Caron's first solo worried me, but she was aces otherwise. It's Louis Jourdan who steals the show as the naive and immature playboy. He's absolutely brilliant. Great music even if it can be seldomly borderline creepy.
Sin duda la peor película de Vincent Minelli. La fotografía estaba horrible, la primera canción interpretada por Maurice Chevalier bien se pudo haber llamado "Apología del Pedófilo", Leslie Caron estaba chula pero como actriz es un incomprensible desastre y Louis Jordan actuaba como si trajera una vara de acero enterrada entre huevo y huevo. Terribles encuadres.