Lavish, imaginative musical features a sweeping score, and knockout choreography by Kelly. Ex-G.I. Kelly stays on in Paris after the war to study painting, supported in his efforts by rich American Foch, who hopes to acquire a little extra attention. But Kelly loves the lovely Caron, unfortunately engaged to an older gent. Highlight is an astonishing 17-minute ballet which holds the record for longest movie dance number--and one of the most expensive, pegged at over half a million for a month of filming. For his efforts, the dance king won a special Oscar citation. While it sure looks like Paris, most of it was filmed in MGM studios.
Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL: http://www.homevision.com
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 113 minutes.
Oscars 1951: Art Dir./Set Dec., Color, Color Cinematog., Costume Des. (C), Picture, Story & Screenplay, Scoring/Musical; AFI 1998: Top 100; Golden Globes 1952: Film--Mus./Comedy, Natl. Film Reg. 1993.
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