A lesson from... Gigi?
Posted by P. Bingham on May 17, 1998 at 19:50:38:
I just finished watching the movie Gigi with my daughter (we have the video). I had not seen the movie for sometime and the first thing I noticed was how similar it was to Regency times. There were park scenes that could have taken place at Hyde Park (Gigi takes places in Paris in 1900, of course). Beach scenes that could have taken place at Brighton (only those horse-drawn boxes contained prostitutes rather than swimmers!). It presents a wonderful study of that ellusive single gentleman, his habits, how he relates to his mistress and , finally, how he eventually comes to decide to end his single life and marry. It is interesting to note the differences of the time period, such as the decore and the fashions, but you will find that even these things have more in common than in any other period. The women's fashions are once again close-fitting and with trains, and many of the gentlemen have their tails back. And, like the Regency, the Edwardian period in Paris is on the verge of change, between the motor vehicle and the horse-drawn carriage, just as, in the Regency, they are between the public coach and the train, candlelight and gas, etc. If anyone has the opportunity to watch this film, if they take a look at it this way, they would be delighted to find a film that would stimulate them.
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