in about 100 words or less
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).