An American in Paris

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Released 1951

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Director:
Vincente Minnelli
Released:
1951
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An American in Paris is a 1951 musical inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition of George Gershwin and directed by Vincente Minelli. The film set in Paris, France, focuses on Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) and the two women he meets who change his life forever. Jerry is a WWII veteran who moves to Paris so he can concentrate on painting. He meets a lonely, wealthy woman, Milo Roberts (Nina Foch), who takes him in to her home. Oblivious to Milo's real intentions, Jerry thinks Milo is helping him because she likes his work, but she is actually much more interested in Jerry than he thinks. Instead Jerry falls in love with a French ballerina, Lise (Leslie Caron). Lise returns Jerry's feelings, but she is set to be married to Henri (Georges Guetary). Lise cannot bring herself to break off the engagement because she feels indebted to Henri for his heroic acts that saved her family. Will Jerry find love and a successful career in Paris?

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  • 100

    Chicago Tribune

    One of the supreme romantic musicals. To see Kelly hoofing atop Oscar Levant's piano, suavely partnering Leslie Caron along the banks of the River Seine and exulting in her love in...

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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, al...

  • 88

    San Francisco Chronicle Peter Stack

    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. Choreograp...

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Arts, Comedy, Drama, Music

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Musicals, Love & Romance