Monday, February 11, 2008

Thank Heaven for an Age of Consent

Gigi (1958)
directed by Vincente Minnelli
rating: 3 out of 5 cravats
on DVD at ELO's

The dark side of Hollywood was never closer to the surface than in this Technicolor homage to the paintings of Renoir and the sexual predilections of the Black Dahlia murderer. An eleventh-hour marriage proposal, intended to placate anyone in the audience less distracted by the bright clothes than the trafficking of adolescent flesh, is actually drowned out by the last refrain of "Thank Heaven for Little Girls." Drinking each time the protagonist breaks the law would get you drunk enough to join him in jail, and while Chevalier is no doubt more congenial with each shot, this is about as perverse as family entertainment gets.