Sunday, February 22, 2015

259 Quiz Answer



Gigi was an American Metrocolor film directed by Vincente Minnelli.  Following the family tradition, the teenager Gigi is groomed to be a courtesan and to learn etiquette and charm.  The young girl initially fails to understand the real reason behind her education.
 
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "g" is for "girl")

In the mid-1950s a couple of guys in the motion picture business were talking.  What’s the name of the film they were talking about?

“Remember that movie I told you about, the one I wanted to invest in?  You thought it wasn’t a good idea?”

“Well, it wasn’t a good idea.  It’ll never be made.”

“Ha.  You’ll be interested to learn that they’re going ahead with it; they start shooting in a couple of months.”

“I don’t believe you.  Such a film could never be shown in the United States.”

“It’ll not only be shown, it should be one of the biggest hits of the year.  The book was a best-seller in Europe, but the film will be so much better; it will have beautiful music, hit songs, dancing, beautiful scenes of Paris, the works.”

“Don’t forget its star, the girl.”

“Of course, and she’s a wonder.  She’s an ideal fifteen-year-old, full of life, charm, vitality – and she can sing and dance beautifully.”

“Not to mention that she looks pretty great, too.”

“Hey, you’re being won over.  I’m afraid it’s too late if you wanted to invest in the production.”

“Oh, I wouldn’t put any money in it.  I’m pretty sure it’ll never be produced.”

“What?  You’re whimpering about that again?  Here’s a film project that’s got everything going for it and you keep yammering on about how they won’t be able to make it.”

“Well, let me yammer a bit more.  Do you know what this film is about?”

“Wait a minute.  Don't inflict that on me.  The book was one thing; this movie will be something different.”

“The basic story is the same.”

“And the story is simple; it’s about a docile teen-age girl around the turn of the century.”

“Who is being trained – to be a prostitute!”

“Hold on; that’s too strong.  In Europe things were different.  She is being trained to be a companion to a gentleman.  She is learning the necessary social graces.”

“So some old rich geezer can buy and keep a teen-age girl as a 'companion'.  You think American film audiences will go for that?”

“In the movie’s script all that aspect is shoved aside, pushed under the rug.  The audiences probably won’t even be aware of it.”

(The answer will be posted Saturday.)

 

 

 

29 comments:

kaykuala said...

My Fair Lady it is!

Hank

naturgesetz said...

Guessing "Gigi" starring Leslie Caron, if memory serves.

I don't think I ever saw the whole thing, but there were occasional clips on TV.

Doctor FTSE said...

Maybe "Gigi" with the elfin Leslie Caron, Chevalier and Hermione Gingold?

Gail said...

Just a shot in the dark...My Fair Lady? but I can't remember is she was a companion.

You don't have to post my embarrassingly wrong answer.

At first I thought Dirty Dozen, now did I come to that?...then I read there was dancing and singing and from one of the dirty dozen I went to The King and I.

This is a small window seeing in to how my mind works. The conclusion...
it doesn't work very well but it entertains me.

I love your quizzes. I think I have had only one correct answer since I have been attempting these quizzes.

Have a very wonderful day.

Berowne said...

Doc FTSE and naturgesetz have proudly stepped up as first with the right answer.

Kathe W. said...

Grasping at straws.....if it isn't My Fair Lady is it Singing in the Rain?

Altonian said...

If this isn't Gigi, I'll eat my Flake White and risk lead poisoning. Of course it's Gigi.

Rommy said...

Sounds like Gigi to me. One of my faves when I was a kid and nope, I never got the subtext until years later.

Björn Rudberg said...

Oh I came to late to guess. but My guess would have been with Hank too...Interesting it's based on the myth of Pygmalion... maybe falling in love with a piece of clay will work better...

rel said...

I'm guessing:
Lolita?

Kathe W. said...

ok- I think it might have been Gigi? If not- I am waving the white flag!

Berowne said...

Three more "winners" - Altonian, Rommy and Kathe W. with the correct answer.

Gail said...

You do realize how you tease us, don't you?

Gail said...

Not to publish.

Thanks for coming by to comment. Many times I am only partly responsible for what I write. Clown...Gacy and the poem wrote itself. Sick!

Thanks for the fun of your quizzes. One of these days, I'm gonna cheat and google it.

Karen S. said...

I think I've got it- Gigi! 1958 film!

The Blog of Bee said...

Off the top of my head, it has to be Gigi!

Stafford Ray said...

I too would have said Lolita, so now need to wait for the answer.

Berowne said...

Karen S and the Blog of Bee have joined our merry band with the correct answer.

Kutamun said...

I loved Jodie Foster in , "Taxi Driver "

Sheilagh Lee said...

Gigi

Trubes said...

Without a shadow of a doubt the answer is Gigi starring,
Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan with Maurice Chevalier....
Yes, I remember it well!

Di.
ABCW team.


Berowne said...

Another right answer, this time from Sheilagh Lee and Trubes.

Old Egg said...

My guess is "Gigi" with Leslie Caron, yes, "I remember it well".

Berowne said...

Old Egg has just stepped up with the correct answer.

Jae Rose said...

Well first I thought Lolita..then I though taxi driver...but I can't think of anything set in Paris...

Berowne said...

Oops, Jae. You may be giving it away. :-)

Tess Kincaid said...

Gigi!

Berowne said...

Mme T. Kincaid also has the right answer.

Shady Gardener said...

Not something with Elizabeth Taylor?

 
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