An American in Paris

An American in Paris
Musical, Romance
1951

Director: Vincente Minnelli CastGene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, Nina Foch, The American in Paris Ballet

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Story and Screenplay; Best Cinematography, Colour; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Colour; Best Costume Design, Colour; Best Scoring of a Motion Picture

Also Nominated For: Best Director (Vincente Minnelli); Best Film Editing

I First Saw In: 2010

Synopsis: Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However, things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

Did You Know? The 17-minute dance sequence at the end took a month to film and cost half a million dollars.

And now a Word from the Guise:
I enjoyed the movie well enough the first time I saw it, but I couldn’t understand the point of the nearly 20-minute dance scene at the end of the film. This was back when I really hated musicals, so I groaned the entire time, rolling my eyes, wondering when it was going to be over. Then, the scene ruined the entire picture for me. Now, however, I paid closer attention to the sequence, and I can now appreciate the scene and film. It’s a dream sequence, chronicling Jerry’s time in Paris, beginning with the culture shock he experienced and ending with Lise leaving him for Adam. Plus, damn! Gene Kelly can dance!

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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