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Released Runtime Category
1951 113 Musicals
Director Language
Vincente Minnelli English
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary

An American in Paris

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What's it About

Gerry Mulligan (Kelly) is an impoverished painter plying his trade in the City of Lights along with his equally impoverished composer pal Adam Cook (Levant). When a beautiful French girl (Caron) sets Gerry's heart aflame, he's beside himself. Only problem is, his close friend Henri (Guetary), a nightclub singer, is in love with her too. The wealthy Milo Roberts (Foch) is yet another fly in the ointment: though she supports Gerry's work, it seems she admires the artist more than his art.

Why we love it

Set to an incomparable Gershwin score, this dazzling, exquisitely romantic film still mesmerizes. Gorgeously photographed by John Alton, and invigorating from first song to last, "American" swept the 1951 Oscars, thanks to the winning talents of producer Arthur Freed, stars Kelly and Caron, and director Minnelli. The climactic ballet sequence, performed to the title tune, stands as one of the finest musical set-pieces ever captured on celluloid. A must see.

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An American in Paris

Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron sing and dance to the music of George and Ira Gershwin in this winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. When ex-GI Jerry Mulligan (Kelly) remains in Paris to pursue life as an artist, he is discovered by a wealthy patroness interested in more than his art. But Mulligan falls in love with a French shop girl (Caron) who is engaged to his best friend.

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