American in Paris (Blu-ray) (Awards Edition)

Directed By: Vincente Minnelli Starring: Gene Kelly

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Studio Warner
SKU 212929247
UPC 883929112364
UPC 14 00883929112364
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/2/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Classic
Dance
Essential Cinema
Recommended
Romance
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note One of the greatest of 1950s screen musicals is a happy collaboration between the grace and athleticism of Gene Kelly and the colorful palette of director Vincente Minnelli. An American G.I. lingers in Paris after the war to study painting and soon falls in love with Leslie Caron, an engaged demoiselle, much to the chagrin of his romance-minded benefactress. This classic musical boasts a 17-minute avant-garde ballet choreographed by Kelly to George Gershwin's unbeatable music. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS garnered eight Academy Award nominations and six wins, including Best Picture and Best Story and Screenplay. Kelly won a special Oscar for his inimitable achievements.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
Reviews
USA Today "...[A] multi-Oscar winner (best picture included)..." 12/31/1992 p.3D
Sight and Sound "...Minnelli creates a magical, stylised world in which music, colour and movement are all perfectly integrated..." 05/01/2000 p.65
Total Film "...For fun and footwork alone, it makes today's competition look positively lead-footed..." 07/01/2003 p.134,5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's up there with the very best of Hollywood hoofers....The dance numbers are first class..." 12/01/2011
Entertainment Weekly "[T]here's tremendous wit in its love-letter visions of post-WWII expatriate-artist patronage." -- Grade: A- 09/19/2008 p.56
Directors
Vincente Minnelli
Actors
Gene Kelly
Cast & Crew
Nina Foch - Star
Oscar Levant - Star
Georges Guetary - Star
Leslie Caron - Star
Gene Kelly - Star
Warren Newcombe - Special Effects
Irene Sharaff - Costume Designer
George Gershwin - Music
Walter Plunkett - Costume Designer
Cedric Gibbons - Production Designer
John Alton - Cinematographer
Alan Jay Lerner - Writer
Gene Kelly - Choreographer
Preston Ames - Production Designer
Arthur Freed - Producer
Johnny Green - Composer
Saul Chaplin - Composer
Ira Gershwin - Lyricist
Edwin B. Willis - Set Designer
Alfred Gilks - Cinematographer
Adrienne Fazan - Editor
Keogh Gleason - Set Designer
Vincente Minnelli - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1951
UPC 00883929112364
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Awards
Name Gene Kelly
Award Category Honorary Awards
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1951
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Johnny Green
Award Category Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1951
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Cedric Gibbons
Award Category Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1951
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Alan Jay Lerner
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1951
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Saul Chaplin
Award Category Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1951
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Alfred Gilks
Award Category Best Cinematography
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1951
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
Slip Sleeve
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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