Gigot (1962)

104 mins | Comedy | 1962

Director:

Gene Kelly

Producer:

Kenneth Hyman

Cinematographer:

Jean Bourgoin

Editor:

Roger Dwyre

Production Designer:

Auguste Capelier

Production Company:

Seven Arts Productions
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HISTORY

Filmed in ... More Less

Filmed in Paris. More Less

DETAILS
Release Date:
1962
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 27 September 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Seven Arts Productions
Copyright Date:
27 September 1962
Copyright Number:
LP23136
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Eastman Color, prints by De Luxe
Duration(in mins):
104
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Gigot is a huge, mild-mannered mute who works as a janitor in a working-class Paris boardinghouse. Though adored by animals and children, he is badly treated by his employer and is constantly being made the butt of practical jokes. His favorite pastime is attending funerals, where he has a sense of belonging to a group. One evening Gigot finds a prostitute, Colette, and her little daughter, Nicole, and takes them to his squalid basement home. As his affection for the child grows, the mother threatens to leave; and Gigot is forced to steal money from the local bakery in order to persuade her to remain. After spending a night with her boyfriend, Colette returns home one morning and discovers that Gigot and Nicole have vanished. Assuming the mute has kidnaped the child, she arouses the neighbors; but actually Gigot is entertaining Nicole in a subcellar of his basement. The ceiling collapses, the child is injured, and Gigot carries her through the back streets to a church, where the priest summons a doctor. On the way back to his apartment to fetch a phonograph for Nicole, he is spotted by a crowd of people; they give chase, and he falls into the Seine. Seeing his cap floating in the river, the crowd believes he has drowned. Filled with remorse, they give him a lavish funeral, where the most delighted of the mourners is Gigot, who is watching from a cemetery tree. Some of the mourners spot him, however, and the chase begins ... +


Gigot is a huge, mild-mannered mute who works as a janitor in a working-class Paris boardinghouse. Though adored by animals and children, he is badly treated by his employer and is constantly being made the butt of practical jokes. His favorite pastime is attending funerals, where he has a sense of belonging to a group. One evening Gigot finds a prostitute, Colette, and her little daughter, Nicole, and takes them to his squalid basement home. As his affection for the child grows, the mother threatens to leave; and Gigot is forced to steal money from the local bakery in order to persuade her to remain. After spending a night with her boyfriend, Colette returns home one morning and discovers that Gigot and Nicole have vanished. Assuming the mute has kidnaped the child, she arouses the neighbors; but actually Gigot is entertaining Nicole in a subcellar of his basement. The ceiling collapses, the child is injured, and Gigot carries her through the back streets to a church, where the priest summons a doctor. On the way back to his apartment to fetch a phonograph for Nicole, he is spotted by a crowd of people; they give chase, and he falls into the Seine. Seeing his cap floating in the river, the crowd believes he has drowned. Filled with remorse, they give him a lavish funeral, where the most delighted of the mourners is Gigot, who is watching from a cemetery tree. Some of the mourners spot him, however, and the chase begins again. +

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