An American in Paris

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An American in Paris
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DVD Features:

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 9, 2010
  • Originally Released: 1951
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Concerto of a commentary hosted by Patricia Ward Kelly and featuring rare, often unheard interviews with Gene Kelly, Vincente Minnelli, Arthur Freed, Alan Jay Lerner, Johnny Green, Saul Chaplin, Michael Feinstein, Preston Ames and Irene Sharaff, and new observations by Leslie Caron and Nina Foch
    • Vintage fitzpatrick traveltalks short paris on parade
    • Classic cartoon symphony in slang
    • Theatrical trailer
  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • English, French

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Music by
Screenplay by
Composition by &
Art Direction by &
Produced by
Director of Photography: &

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1951 - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score: Johnny Green & Saul Chaplin
Academy Awards 1951 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Academy Awards 1951 - Best Cinematography: Alfred Gilks
Academy Awards 1951 - Best Costume Design (Color)
Academy Awards 1951 - Best Original Screenplay: Alan Jay Lerner
Academy Awards 1951 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1951 - Honorary Awards: Gene Kelly

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 12/31/1992
"...[A] multi-Oscar winner (best picture included)..."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2000
"...Minnelli creates a magical, stylised world in which music, colour and movement are all perfectly integrated..."
Total Film - 07/01/2003
"...For fun and footwork alone, it makes today's competition look positively lead-footed..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/19/2008
"[T]here's tremendous wit in its love-letter visions of post-WWII expatriate-artist patronage." -- Grade: A-
Total Film - 12/01/2011
5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's up there with the very best of Hollywood hoofers....The dance numbers are first class..."

Product Description:

One of the greatest of 1950s screen musicals is a happy collaboration between the grace and athleticism of Gene Kelly and the colorful palette of director Vincente Minnelli. An American G.I. lingers in Paris after the war to study painting and soon falls in love with Leslie Caron, an engaged demoiselle, much to the chagrin of his romance-minded benefactress. This classic musical boasts a 17-minute avant-garde ballet choreographed by Kelly to George Gershwin's unbeatable music. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS garnered eight Academy Award nominations and six wins, including Best Picture and Best Story and Screenplay. Kelly won a special Oscar for his inimitable achievements.

Plot Synopsis:

Musical about a young G.I. who remains in Paris after World War II to study art. Jerry Mulligan wants to live the life of the great painters -- holed up in a Montmartre garret, starving for his art. But the reality is less romantic than the fantasy, so when a rich American gallery owner offers to support him, he agrees -- even if the bargain means joining her entourage of lovers. Then he meets Lise, a young French girl, and instantly falls in love. Unfortunately, she's already engaged to Henri Bourel, an older man who saved her from the Nazis. But when Henri discovers that she cares for another, he gracefully exits, leaving the young couple to a life together.


Production Notes:

  • AN AMERICAN IN PARIS was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.
  • Gene Kelly received an Honorary Academy Award in 1951 "in appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film."
  • Film debut for French actress-dancer Leslie Caron, who was discovered by Gene Kelly.
  • The film also featured the American in Paris Ballet Performers.
  • Gene Kelly's paintings were done by Gene Grant.
  • Irene Sharaff designed the costumes for the ballet sequence and Walter Plunkett designed them for the Beaux Arts ball sequence.
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