An American in Paris Movie Review 1951

Information and Film Reviews for An American in Paris the Movie

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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.

Distribution

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.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Musicals, France, Art & Artists, Dance Fever, Paris, MGM Musicals, Ballet, 4 Bones
Screenplay
Alan Jay Lerner
Cast
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Nina Foch, Georges Guetary
Cinematography
John Alton
Director
Vincente Minnelli
Music
George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
Producer
MGM

Awards

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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