Les Girls

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Released 1957

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Director:
George Cukor
Released:
1957
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Les Girls, or Cole Porter's Les Girls, is a glamourous MGM musical production starring Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, and Taina Elg. The film was made in 1957 by George Cukor - a director known for his notable work on films such as Gaslight, Gone with the Wind, and My Fair Lady. The film centers around a retired dancer named Sybil (Kay Kendall) who reflects on her career and relationships in a memoir years later. Her former dance partners Joanne 'Joy' Henderson (Mitzi Gaynor) and Angele Ducros (Taina Elg) are offended by some of the things she states about them in her writings. Angele is particularly insulted by Sybil's suggestion that she and Barry, a tap-dancer, had an affair. Conversely, Angele claims it was actually Sybil who had the affair with Barry. Cuckor cleverly narrates the past by telling the story from three different accounts - creating a Rashomon effect as a result. The film is lauded as one of MGM's greatest creations. Les Girls received an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for Orry-Kelly. It also won a Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actress, Kay Kendall.

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