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An American in Paris
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Projection d'Un Americain à Paris suivie d'un entretien avec Leslie Caron

02/11/2011 from 20:45 to 23:30

Sixty years after it swept the Oscars - winning six out of eight nominations – this sumptuous Technicolor musical returns to the big screen in a dazzling new digital restoration. Starring Gene Kelly as a struggling American artist who can’t resist the allure of Paris, Minnelli’s enchanting boy-meets-girl story features such great Gershwin classics as “I Got Rhythm”, “I’ll Build A Stairway to Paradise”, “S Wonderful” and “Our Love is Here to Stay”.

Filmed almost entirely on Hollywood soundstages and back lots (apart from a few second-unit shots), An American in Paris presents Gene Kelly as Jerry Mulligan, an American painter in search of inspiration - and romance - in the French capital. He is sponsored by Milo (Nina Foch), a wealthy American who is upset when she senses that he has fallen in love with pretty young shop girl Lise (Leslie Caron). Jerry courts Lise without realising that she is in fact engaged to be married to his friend Henri (Georges Guétary). Their mutual friend Adam (Oscar Levant) becomes aware that his friends are in love with the same girl and watches as the romantic tangle unravels.

This was the film that launched the movie career of Leslie Caron, a classical ballet dancer with a French father and an American mother. A member of Roland Petit’s Ballet des Champs-Elysées, she was just 15 when she was spotted by Kelly on the opening night of ‘Oedipus and the Sphinx’. Two years later she was tested for the role in An American in Paris and landed it despite her poor English. Director Vincente Minnelli was taken with her ‘wonderful gamine quality’ while producer Arthur Freed was captivated by her dancing and distinctive personality. ‘I just felt that we couldn’t make the picture without a real French girl’ said Kelly later.

An American in Parisrepresents one of Kelly’s greatest-ever achievements as performer and choreographer and is said to have been his favourite of his films. Its scintillating dance sequences climax in the famous 17-minute ballet which gave the film its name and whose sets were inspired by the paintings of Dufy, Renoir, Utrillo, Rousseau, Van Gogh, Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec. This audacious finale - which contains no dialogue spoken or sung - was hailed as one of the most ambitious and successful ballets in movie history.

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04/11/2011 - houseofdavidpictures a dit :

An American in Paris-Bravo.


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