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  1. The movie is *Gigi*, spoken by Aunt Alicia (Isabel Jeans) to Gigi during one of her lessons to be a coutesan. Aunt Alicia has a number of good lines; also "bad table manners have broken up more households than infidelity."

     

    Some *Gigi* trivia: In the movie, the exterior of Aunt Alicia's apartment building is No. 29 avenue Rapp. It won first prize in an architectual facade competition in 1901and is considered one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. It still contains private apartments and is still a popular Paris tourist attraction.

     

    Near the beginning of the movie we see Gaston (Louis Jourdon) in his home, with both interior and exterior shots. Situated in the heart of the city, near the Eiffel Tower, it is now an art museum: Musee Jacquemart-Andre. It was built in the mid-1800's by a very wealthy Paris banker and art collector. The mansion is huge and one of the grandest homes ever built in the city, on a par with Napolean's private apartments in the Louvre. The house, all interiors and its extensive art collection was bequeathed to the Intitut de France, on condition it become a public museum. We see Gaston in the Grand Salon. He sure had some nice digs!

     

    Maurice Chevalier's character has a spectacular Art Nouveau apartment. It must be a real apartment, not a set. We don't see any exterior shots. I'd love to know where it is.

     

    Maxim's is now just a tourist attraction so I've never been there. I don't know if the scenes in the film are real or a set.

     

    *Gigi* is coming to TCM soon. Watch for these and other great locations than can still be seen in Paris. And listen for more of Aunt Alicia's wonderful one-liners!

  2. This is is a futile argument in semantics. All of the definitions of the English word "classic" (except referring to ancient Greek/Roman art and culture) are subjective. "Subjective," meaning "particular to a given person," "existing only in the mind."

     

    That's my English lesson for the day :). It's one of those "chicken or egg" debates that will go on forever. How could TCM possibly have an "official" definition of the word? One man's classic may be boring or even offensive to another. I don't care for Science Fiction, but it's a well-accepted movie genre. From time to time TCM offers "classic" Science Fiction. I don't like it, but others do. After all, you can't please all of the people all of the time!

     

    I must give TCM a lot of credit. Scheduling a variety of films to appeal to every taste, 24/7/365 must be a daunting task. Think of the thousands of movies from all over the world made in the last 100 years. Think of how many horrible movies have been made; downright bombs that TCM would never air. Yes, TCM does a great job. My only problem is, often it seems that the really good movies I want to see are on in the middle of the night. But that's just my view, my idea of "classic" may be different than others.

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