Monday, 20 January 2014

An American in Paris Review (Updated)

An American in Paris

Release Date: 2nd April 1952 - Australia

Production Companies
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Loew's Inc (produced by)

Genre: Musical

Rating: G

Runtime: 114 minutes

Budget: $2,724,000

Box Office Gross: $6,981,000 

Plot Summary
Jerry Mulligan, a struggling 
American painter in Paris, 
is "discovered" by an 
influential heiress with an 
interest in more than 
Jerry's art. Jerry in turn 
falls for Lise, a young 
French girl already 
engaged to a cabaret 
singer. Jerry jokes, sings 
and dances with his best 
friend, an acerbic would-be 
concert pianist, while 
romantic complications 

Gene Kelly - Jerry Mulligan
Leslie Caron - Lise Bouvier
Oscar Levant - Adam Cook
George Gu├ętary - Henri Bauel 
Nina Foch - Milo Roberts
The American in Paris Ballet - 

Director - Vincente Minnelli 
Story and Screenplay - 
Alan Jay Lerner
Producer - Arthur Freed 
Art Directors - E. Preston 
Ames and Cedric Gibbons
Costume Designer - Orry Kelly
Director of Photography - Alfred Gilks
Ballet Photographer - John Alton
Cheoreographer - Gene Kelly 
Musical Directors - Saul Chaplin 
and Johnny Green
Lyrics - Ira Gershwin 
Music - George Gershwin
Film Editor - Adrienne Fazan 


1952 Academy Awards
Best Picture - Arthur Freed (Won)
Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Alan 
Jay Lerner (Won)
Best Cinematography, Color - Alfred Gilks 
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color - 
Cedric Gibbons, E. Preston Ames, Edwin 
B. Willis and F. Keogh Gleason (Won)
Best Costume Design, Color - Orry-Kelly,
Walter Plunkett and Irene Sharaff (Won)
Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture -
Johnny Green and Saul Chaplin
Best Director - Vincente Minnelli (Nominated)
Best Film Editing - Adrienne Fazan (Nominated)

Spectacular and quite a phenomenal decision to pick a movie that came out of the classics. I originally decided to release my critique of REIGN OF FIRE before settling down on an old one I had barely watched when I saw only clips of a documentary. Now incidentally, this movie is a fair musical that provides the non-stop dancing sequences that combines with classical jazzy instrumentals and singable tunes by late music legend George Gershwin. Many of whom were too young to remember is AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, a favourite starring Gene Kelly who is probably one of the great dancers before Michael Jackson. It comes down to the big and over-long dancing climax, all in a mixture of terrific set-pieces and quietly in silence. Gene's bright vision helps the spectacle made to look more prolonged as Walt Disney did for his animation on FANTASIA (click here).

This Oscar-winning musical is probably not as well-fondly remembered than SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, its only and true successor. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is at least a refreshment to its ongoing reputation of a minor classic provided to those at home.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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