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An American in Paris

  • Musical
  • Music
  • 1951
  • Vincente Minnelli
  • 108 mins
  • U

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Jerry MulliganGene Kelly
LiseLeslie Caron
Adam CookOscar Levant
Henri BaurelGeorges Guetary
Milo RobertsNina Foch
George MattieuEugene Borden
Mathilde MattieuMartha Bamattre

Crew

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DirectorVincente Minnelli

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released on
2011-10-28
Languages
English | German | French
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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