An American in Paris

Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Starring Gene Kelley, Leslie Caron

Warner Home Video | November 1, 2001 | DVD

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This Academy-award winning musical tells the story of a young American G.I. who remains in Paris after the war to study art. Jerry Mulligan wants to live the life of the great painters -- holed up in a Montmartre garret, starving for his art. But the reality is less romantic than the fantasy, so when a rich American gallery owner offers to support him, he agrees -- even if the bargain means joining her entourage of lovers. Then he meets Lise, a young French girl, and instantly falls in love. Unfortunately, she's already engaged to Henri Bourel, an older man who saved her from the Nazis. But when Henri discovers that she cares for another, he gracefully exits, leaving the young couple to a life together. One of the greatest of the 1950s screen musicals, An American in Paris features Gene Kelly's inspired choreography and George Gershwin's classic melodies.

Video Release: November 1, 2001

Theatrical Release: 1951

Runtime: 114

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 012569506923

Found in: Classics, General, General, Music Categories, Musicals, Romance

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An American in Paris

An American in Paris

Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Starring Gene Kelley, Leslie Caron

Video Release: November 1, 2001

Theatrical Release: 1951

Runtime: 114

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 012569506923


Edition Description
  • Dolby Digital Mono, Mono
  • Closed Captioned
  • Colour, Color
  • Runtime: 114 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

Musical about a young G.I. who remains in Paris after World War II to study art. Jerry Mulligan wants to live the life of the great painters -- holed up in a Montmartre garret, starving for his art. But the reality is less romantic than the fantasy, so when a rich American gallery owner offers to support him, he agrees -- even if the bargain means joining her entourage of lovers. Then he meets Lise, a young French girl, and instantly falls in love. Unfortunately, she's already engaged to Henri Bourel, an older man who saved her from the Nazis. But when Henri discovers that she cares for another, he gracefully exits, leaving the young couple to a life together.

Description

One of the greatest of 1950s screen musicals is a happy collaboration between the grace and athleticism of Gene Kelly and colorful palette of Vincente Minnelli. An American G.I. lingers in Paris after the war to study painting and soon falls in love with Caron, an engaged mademoiselle, much to the chagrin of his romance-minded benefactress. Features a seventeen-minute, avant-garde ballet choreographed by Kelly to George Gershwin's unbeatable melodies. Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Director. Academy Awards: 6, including Best Picture, Best Story and Screenplay. Kelly won a special Oscar for his achievements.

Notes

Gene Kelly received an Honorary Academy Award in 1951 "in appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film." Kelly died on February 2, 1996 in California, after suffering a series of strokes, at the age of 83. He was born, Eugene Curran Kelly, August 23, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Filmed in three-strip Technicolor. Film debut for French actress/dancer Leslie Caron, who was discovered by Gene Kelly. The film also featured the American in Paris Ballet Performers. Gene Kelly's paintings were done by Gene Grant. Irene Sharaff designed the costumes for the ballet sequence and Walter Plunkett designed them for the Beaux Arts ball sequence.
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