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Luv, Luv, Luv Gershwin Musicals
With my favorite American composer on hand (Gershwin), how can this film go wrong?...Ms. Caron is simply effervescent, Mr. Kelly quite the leading man, and the entire cast just terrific in this wonderful musical. I understand Mr. Levant was friends with Mr. Gershwin before his untimely death; and with the wonderful cinematography & choreography makes this a true cinematic gem.
The First, Music Video
- Will Fox
Both Fred Astaire & Gene Kelly contenders for a WW2 Veteran in Rest & Recuperation role; (named coincidentally for popular Jazz Trio, Dave Brubeck's swinging saxophonist,) "Jerry Mulligan" is a triple-threat; a sexy song & dance modern, American artist in Paris. Tight Genes Kelly's more manly, muscular dancing, etc., won. (So Pittsburgh's slinky steel twists, tickles & delights French Impressionists lovers.) Gene Kelly chose real Parisian, Ballets des Champs Elysees dancer, lovely lithe, Leslie Caron, as his love interest, after enjoying her 2 years before en Seine. On-screen chemistry confirmed in the famous finale, their charismatic 17-minute ballet. Plus popular Parisian, proven-performer, Georges Guetary, in his only American film, sings & dances elegantly, as easy-on-the-eyes-and-ears candy for femme fatales in a scene Flo Ziegfeld would've cheered, "Building a Stairway to Heaven." Best of All, most original, is The First, Music Video by charming, scene-stealing, droll dramatist & pianissimo-not man. Oscar Levant plays Gershwin's "Piano Concerto in F" in his literal/fantasy dream scene. He stars solo on piano, then is replicated as orchestra composer, ditto xylophone planker, culminating on timpani, whaling on kettle drums in the finale with ping-pong, jump cuts to jamin' on the ebony and ivories. Fulfilling his fantasy finale, the camera pans to the audience's private, chic balcony boxes to zoom in on the ecstatic fanatic raving repeatedly, "Encore!" Yes, Oscar exceeds Great Expectations. Thanks TCM 4 projecting perennially popular, "American in Paris." See it, to enjoy it.
So sorry for the negative review of Trd Rain. You are right; everyone has a right to their own opinion. Personally, I love to watch Gene Kelly films and find his dancing skills wonderful to watch. I even enjoy him in the dramatic roles he plays. For my taste, he exhibits that blend of physicality with a strong, masculine touch to his dance skills. He is very pleasing to watch. I loved "American in Paris". It had plenty of dancing as well as a good story. I watch it every time it comes on. Thank you TCM.
AMERICAN IN PARIS
REPLY TO RED RAIN. YOU ARE ENTITALED TO YOUR OPINION. THATS WHAT THIS SITE IS ALL ABOUT. I FIND YOUR REMARKS SPITEFUL, CRUEL AND WITHOUT ANY SUBSTANCE OR THOUGHT. TILL RECENTLY I WAS NOT MUCH OF A GENE KELLY FAN. SOME OF HIS FILMS ARE OK (MY OPINION) WHILE OTHERS LIKE AMERICAN IN PARIS, I THINK WAS A MASTERPIECE. GENE KELLY WHEN IN CONTROL, DID BRILLIANT WORK, BUT THERE WERE TIMES, THE STUDIO BOSSES TOOK CONTROL, AS IN BRIGADOON, SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIMED IN SCOTLAND, AS GENE KELLY WANTED AND THE RESULTS WERE (IN MY OPINION) NOT SO GREAT. TO COMPARE FRED ASTAIRES STYLE OF DANCING TO GENE KELLY IS POINTLESS. THEY WERE BOTH LEGENDARY PERFORMERS. FRED ASTAIRE HAD A FEW DUDS OF HIS OWN. AGAIN I BLAME THE STUDIO SYSTEM AND BOSSES, WHO RULED WITH AN IRON FIST AT TIMES. AS AL JOLSON USED TO SAY ,THIS IS WHAT I DID IN SHOW BUSINESS, SHOW ME WHAT YOU CAN DO.
An American in Paris
- Michael Whitty
A historic musical of color and spirit "An American in Paris" wins with Gene kelly and Leslie Caron, it wins with the impressionist views of the "city of light", and especially wins with the final ballet sequence of light and color which is a most impressionistic view of this American artist in Paris who is drawn between a shop girl and a wealthy socialite who wants to sponsor him. It won Best Picture for 1951 as it beat out "A Place in the Sun". Here is a very artful rendering of life in Paris with Jerry Mulligan who remained in Paris after World War II to be an artist in a city he loves. It all adds up to.............that's entertainment.
Not for me!
With the exception of Oscar Levant, thee is nothing I like about this film! The dance sequences are far too long and the story is preposterous. I found Caron grossly miscast and Kelly's dancing jerky. Caron is so much better in "Gigi" than here! As for Kelly, well, I never like him in anything! If I want ballet, I turn to "The Red Shoes" and not this tripe! We all have our likes and dislikes and my male dancing ideal will always be Fred Astaire, whose fluidity of movement always completely and totally eclipsed Kelly!
An American in Paris
- Dashiell B.
A perfect vehicle for star/choreographer Kelly, director Minnelli & producer Freed. An American painter in Paris has romantic troubles with his sponsor and a young girl engaged to a French music hall singer. Kelly was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance & received an Honorary Oscar for his choreography, debut film for Caron & Foch. Won six Oscars including Best Picture, original screenplay, art direction, cinematography, costume design & score, all culminating in the famous ballet at the films finale. Not much on plot, but nobody cares,the fantastic Lerner music is the attraction. I give it a 5/5.
American in Paris (Review 2)
5 stars. 4 is not enough. To get the full impact of the movie, one must see it from beginning to end. Director Minnelli and Gene gave the world complete perfection. The concept of an expat in Paris after WWII as a story is genius. The freedom of an artist enjoying life in a beautiful place just takes all of us to a wonderful time in our lives. The love story is fabulous. Gene caught between a woman who's money would keep him chained, or Leslie who would give him everything he desires. Oscar Levant, plays with such great humor as he is found seated between the two suitors of Leslie. Cigarettes and coffee were never such great props to the discussion of the two men talking adoringly about the same women, and they not knowing that they are. Oscar does however know of the mixed affair, and he is a hoot trying to keep calm in this hilarious scene. Make no mistake. This movie is a 5 star attraction. The best that Hollywood can offer.
American in Paris
I cannot understand how anyone could possibly vote this great movie anything less than 4 stars. What a portrayal of dancing, singing, instrumentals, screening, plot, and direction. What a marvelous storyline. What great dancing by Gene and Leslie. What great humor and piano playing by Oscar Levant. What graphics and animation as the final scene went from Gene's face of deep contemplation when his love Leslie, went away, to a rose on the ground placed before a vague, drawn, background. Once Gene pics up the flower he is taken to the wonderful, colorful, sexual, memorable, final dance scene. Wow! They don't make 'em like this anymore.
stairway to paradise
- dr. terence
Guetery steals the film with his incredible rendition of GERSHWIN;SSTAIRWAY TO PARADISE...a shpwstopper if ever there was one!
An American in Paris (1951)
- Jay Higgins
What an outstanding musical, and I am not a big fan of musicals of this nature. The choreography is breathtaking, the music is magnificent and the cast is absolutely wonderful. Exceptionally good art direction and cinematography.
You only find the right woman once.
- Ben Larson
Before they struck gold with Gigi, Vincente Minelli and Alan Jay Lerner teamed up to write and direct this other story of Paris and love. It didn't win nine Oscars, but it did win six out of eight nominations including Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color; Best Cinematography; Best Costume Design, Color; Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture; another Best Picture for Arthur Freed; another screenplay award for Alan Jay Lerner; a Best Director nomination for Vincente Minnelli; and a Best Film Editing nomination.Leslie Caron was once again in the forefront of this film displaying her considerable dancing talents along with Gene Kelley who mesmerized us with his fancy footwork, and his singing alone and with Georges Gutary.Oscar-nominated Nina Foch (Executive Suite) thrilled us as the woman who kept artists.Great sets and a brilliant production number at the end, along with memorable tunes such as "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "I Got Rhythm", and "'S Wonderful".
WOW!! WHAT A DANCE--LUCKY LESLI CARON
This is yet another of GENE KELLY'S movies that I love. I especially love the fact that he fluently spoke French--OOO-la-la. GENE is excellent in this movie. I like the song & dance routine he does while with the children on the street and I like the Tra-la-la-la routine that he does once he convinces "Lise" to go out with him. But most of all, I love the passionate, provocative number that he and Lesli dance in the ballet. A GENE KELLY fan's dream! But much credit to "Henri Baurel" for stepping aside and letting "Jerry Mulligan" have the girl--as is always the case with GENE!! This is an exciting and fun movie for anyone to watch!