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An American in Paris
- Gene Kelly

Overview - One of the greatest of 1950s screen musicals is a happy collaboration between the grace and athleticism of Gene Kelly and the colorful palette of director Vincente Minnelli. An American G.I. lingers in Paris after the war to study painting and soon falls in love with Leslie Caron, an engaged demoiselle, much to the chagrin of his romance-minded benefactress.  Read more...

 
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Overview

One of the greatest of 1950s screen musicals is a happy collaboration between the grace and athleticism of Gene Kelly and the colorful palette of director Vincente Minnelli. An American G.I. lingers in Paris after the war to study painting and soon falls in love with Leslie Caron, an engaged demoiselle, much to the chagrin of his romance-minded benefactress. This classic musical boasts a 17-minute avant-garde ballet choreographed by Kelly to George Gershwin's unbeatable music. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS garnered eight Academy Award nominations and six wins, including Best Picture and Best Story and Screenplay. Kelly won a special Oscar for his inimitable achievements.

Awards:
1951 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) Winner
1951 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design (Color) Winner
1951 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1951 - Academy Awards - Honorary Awards Winner
1951 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner
1951 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay Winner
1951 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner

Cast List

Gene Kelly - American actor/dancer/director, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Eugene Curran Kelly - American actor/dancer/director, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Preston Ames - Oscar winning production designer, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
E. Preston Ames - Oscar winning production designer, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Arthur Freed - Producer of musicals/Lyricist
Arthur Grossman - Producer of musicals/Lyricist
Johnny Green - American Composer/D. 1989
John Green - American Composer/D. 1989
Saul Chaplin - American Composer/Producer
Vincente Minnelli - Prominent director of MGM musicals
Ira Gershwin - Lyricist
Israel Gershvin - Lyricist
Edwin B. Willis - Set Decorator
Alfred Gilks - American Diretor of Photography
Adrienne Fazan
Keogh Gleason
Nina Foch - American Actress
Nina Consuelo Maud Fock - American Actress
Oscar Levant - American Pianist/Humorist
Georges Guetary - French Singer/Actor
Leslie Caron - French actress/dancer
Irene Sharaff - Oscar winning costume designer, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOO
George Gershwin - American composer
Jacob Gershvin - American composer
Walter Plunkett - Costume Designer, FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956)
Cedric Gibbons - Art Director/In USA
John Alton - Cinematographer
Alan Jay Lerner
Warren Newcombe - Special Effects

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929003952
  • Genre: Musicals
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: September 2008

Related Categories:
Movies > Musical & Performing Arts
Movies > Musicals

Related Keywords:
Dance
Classic
Romance
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Theatrical Release
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Synopsis:
Musical about a young G.I. who remains in Paris after World War II to study art. Jerry Mulligan wants to live the life of the great painters -- holed up in a Montmartre garret, starving for his art. But the reality is less romantic than the fantasy, so when a rich American gallery owner offers to support him, he agrees -- even if the bargain means joining her entourage of lovers. Then he meets Lise, a young French girl, and instantly falls in love. Unfortunately, she's already engaged to Henri Bourel, an older man who saved her from the Nazis. But when Henri discovers that she cares for another, he gracefully exits, leaving the young couple to a life together.

Notes:
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993. Gene Kelly received an Honorary Academy Award in 1951 "in appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film." Film debut for French actress-dancer Leslie Caron, who was discovered by Gene Kelly. The film also featured the American in Paris Ballet Performers. Gene Kelly's paintings were done by Gene Grant. Irene Sharaff designed the costumes for the ballet sequence and Walter Plunkett designed them for the Beaux Arts ball sequence.

Reviews:
"...[A] multi-Oscar winner (best picture included)..." - 12/31/1992 USA Today, p.3D


"...Minnelli creates a magical, stylised world in which music, colour and movement are all perfectly integrated..." - 05/01/2000 Sight and Sound, p.65


"...For fun and footwork alone, it makes today's competition look positively lead-footed..." - 07/01/2003 Total Film, p.134


"[T]here's tremendous wit in its love-letter visions of post-WWII expatriate-artist patronage." -- Grade: A- - 09/19/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.56


5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's up there with the very best of Hollywood hoofers....The dance numbers are first class..." - 12/01/2011 Total Film

 
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