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An American in Paris (1951)

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Synopsis

Gerry (Gene Kelly) is an American expatriate painter in post-WWII Paris. Struggling to find success in both art and love, his life is turned upside down when he meets and falls in love with Lise (Leslie Caron). This lavish musical won the Best Picture Oscar in 1951 with its straightforward story, gorgeous dance sequences, and beautiful, frequently melancholic Gershwin score.

Cast

  • Gene Kelly
  • Leslie Caron
  • Oscar Levant
  • Georges Guétary
  • Nina Foch
  • Robert Ames
  • Joan Anderson
  • Marie Antoinette Andrews
  • Larry Arnold
  • Martha Bamattre

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Trivia

  • Film debut of Leslie Caron.
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Goofs

  • Shadow tracks across Henri while he is seated singing "'S Wonderful", as the camera begins to pull back.
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Quotes

    • Jerry Mulligan: Back home everyone said I didn't have any talent. They might be saying the same thing over here but it sounds better in French.
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Metacritic

88

The real reasons to see An American in Paris are for the Kelly dance sequences, the closing ballet, the Gershwin songs, the bright locations, and a few moments of the ineffable, always curiously sad charm of Oscar Levant.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
88

If there is no other reason to see An American in Paris than its fabled 18-minute ballet scene -- well then, that, during the last reel, is worth the price of admission. Choreographed by Kelly -- no doubt with a smile -- it is a stunning series of homages to French painters Toulouse-Lautrec, Dufy, Utrillo, Renoir and the like. It is a masterpiece of filmic creations -- nothing quite like it before or since. [11 Dec 1992, p.C11]

Metacritic review by Peter Stack
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle