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American in Paris-Special Edition

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Jerry mulligan, a struggling american painter in paris, is discovered by an influential heiress with an interest in more than jerry's art

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Studio Warner
SKU 208292761
UPC 883929003952
UPC 14 00883929003952
Format DVD
Release Date 9/16/2008
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Oscar (1952) Adrienne Fazan, Nominee, Best Film Editing,Alan Jay Lerner, Winner, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay,Arthur Freed, Winner, Best Picture,Cedric Gibbons, et. al., Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color,John Alton, Alfred Gilks, Winner, Best Cinematography, Color,Orry-Kelly, et. al., Winner, Best Costume Design, Color,Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Winner, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture,Vincente Minnelli, Nominee, Best Director
Golden Globe (1952) An American in Paris, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy,Gene Kelly, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor - Comedy/Musical,Vincente Minnelli, Nominee, Best Director
Reviews
ReviewSource Crazy for Cinema
Review This is one of those classic musicals I had seen parts of, but never bothered to sit through. Gene Kelly is now my new favorite song and dance man. Astaire may be more inventive, but Kelly has charm for days. His muscular body doesn't hurt either, which he shows off to my great admiration in this lovely trifle. The only reason I can think of for this film to win the Oscar for Best Picture is the final dance sequence. It's truly mesmerizing. The editing, art direction and choreography unlike anything I have ever seen. The rest of the flick is pretty average for a musical. What makes this eminently watchable is Kelly's performance as the lovesick artist. I still don't get the appeal of Caron. She's lovely, but not an overwhelming screen presence. I guess the fact that she could act, dance and sing made her popular at the time. Levant is a recent discovery and a real asset to this picture. His music and humor help fill in the gaps wonderfully. The staging and costumes garnered many awards for a reason. This film has more singing and dancing than plot, so if you're not a fan of the genre, I wouldn't bother. However, if you are, Kelly and his fancy footwork, especially in the dream sequence, will take your breath away.
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ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "An American in Paris" swept the Academy Awards for 1951, with Oscars for best picture and the major technical categories: screenplay, score, cinematography, art direction, set design, and even a special Oscar for the choreography of its 18-minute closing ballet extravaganza..."Singin' in the Rain," released in 1952 and continuing the remarkable golden age of MGM musicals, didn't do nearly as well on its initial release. But by the 1960s, "Singin' " was routinely considered the greatest of all Hollywood musicals, and "An American in Paris" was remembered with more respect than enthusiasm..."Singin' " is the more realistic picture, which is perhaps why it holds up better today. "American" has scenes that are inexplicable, including the one where Levant joins Kelly and their French friend Henri (Georges Guetary) at a cafe. When he realizes they are both in love with the same women, Levant starts lighting a handful of cigarettes while simultaneously trying to drink coffee...The real reasons to see "An American in Paris" are for the Kelly dance sequences, the closing ballet, the Gershwin songs, the bright locations, and a few moments of the ineffable, always curiously sad charm of Oscar Levant.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
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Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier One of the great musicals; fantastic Gershwin music, and the ballet is a triumph. One of Vincente Minnelli's finest works.
George Morris, Austin Chronicle A resplendent motion picture.
Hallwell's Film & Video Guide An altogether delightful musical holiday.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Joyous! Dazzling! Superb!
MaryAnn Johanson, The Flick Filosopher ...a gorgeous piece of filmmaking.

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