An American in Paris

  • U
  • Vincente Minnelli (1951)
  • US
  • 108 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron play the star-crossed lovers in this archetypal glamorous MGM musical. Among its six Oscar wins, it picked up best picture, collected by genius producer Arthur Freed, while Kelly was presented with a special award for advancing the art of choreography on screen. It still looks pretty good today, with marvellous Technicolored design, athletic dancing from Kelly and a superb Gershwin score, but some sequences have dated. The climactic 17-minute ballet on the theme of the French Impressionists is a little precious and overstaged by today's standards. But much of the movie remains a delight, not least Kelly and the children performing I Got Rhythm, Georges Guetary's I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise and a wonderful debut performance from Caron. If you've never seen it, don't miss, but better fare was to come with Singin' in the Rain and The Band Wagon.

Plot Summary

Musical starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Jerry, an American painter living in Paris, is loved by the rich and beautiful Milo. Perversely, he then falls in love with a poor orphan who is engaged to somebody else.

Cast and crew


Jerry Mulligan
Gene Kelly
Leslie Caron
Adam Cook
Oscar Levant
Henri Baurel
Georges Guetary
Milo Roberts
Nina Foch
George Mattieu
Eugene Borden
Mathilde Mattieu
Martha Bamattre


Vincente Minnelli

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 28 Oct 2011
Certificate U