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An American in Paris (1951)

USA 113m, Colour
Director: Vincente Minnelli; Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, Nina Foch

As one of the most celebrated Hollywood musicals, An American in Paris is a showcase for the considerable talents of Gene Kelly, who plays a struggling American painter living in Paris who tries to make a living by selling his paintings on the street. The story, which sees Kelly falling in love with a young French woman, who is the fiance of a mutual friend is a simple device for the varied dance performances which range from tap routines for the neighborhood children, to an avante-garde ballet which serves as a grand finale for the film. Set to the music of Gershwin, and inspired by immpressionist painiting, An American in Paris helped popularize dance in film and popular culutre, and re-defined the American musical (Klaus Ming December 2009).

2 comments on “An American in Paris (1951)

  1. villabourani

    A great film starring the great Oscar Levant! Do check my post on Oscar if you have the time. 🙂

  2. klausming

    I enjoyed your post on Oscar Levant. He was a great character in American in Paris, and I hadn’t realized his real-life association with Gershwin – which makes his character’s aspirations in the film that much cooler. Thanks for the comment!

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This entry was posted on 12/17/2009 by in 1001 List, 1950s, All and tagged .
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