An American in Paris

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Shown: January 1, 2012 at 6pm

Director : Vincente Minnelli

Country : USA

Release Date : 1951

Duration : 113 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No


Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an American ex-GI who stays in post-war Paris to become a painter, and falls for the gamine charms of Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron). However, his paintings come to the attention of Milo Roberts, a rich American heiress, who is interested in more than just art. MGM executive Arthur Freed bought the entire Gershwin musical catalogue and some of his music was included in the movie, such as “I Got Rhythm” and “Love Is Here To Stay”. Other songs in the movie include “I’ll Build A Stairway To Paradise” and “S’Wonderful”. The climax of the film is “The American in Paris” ballet, a 17-minute dialogue-free dance featuring Kelly and Caron set to Gershwin’s famous work.

“A grand show – a brilliant combination of Hollywood’s opulence and technical wizardry with the kind of taste and creativeness that most high-budgeted musicals notoriously lack.”  (Time Magazine)