NEW Caron/kelly - American In Paris (Blu-ray)
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The music and dancing truly make this film a magical spectacle. The songs that are used in the film are from the George and Ira Gershwin songbook and each is performed rather well. Probably the most notable musical performance in the film is Georges Geutary singing "Stairway to Paradise" staged in a manner that could only be done by MGM. Other great scenes include Gene Kelly dancing with a café matron and flower seller. The dance with the flower seller is particularly moving. She is much older than Kelly and when we watch this scene, we get a sense she is reliving a special moment in her life. Kelly's version of "I Got Rhythm" teams the great dancer with the neighborhood children who are only after one thing-Kelly's American bubble gum. We see some fancy footwork by Kelly as well as amusing interactions with children. The final dance number of the film, called "The American In Paris Ballet" is probably Hollywood's best dance scene. At least MGM thinks so since it ends MGM's historical documentary THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!
While it's true that renting AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in a video store is not all that difficult, this is a film that can give enjoyment over and over again, so why not add it to your collection?
It was Gene Kelly who discovered Leslie Caron while on a vacation. She was performing in a Paris ballet. He brought her to America to star in this film. Apart from the opening sequence which sets up the film with vintage travelogue shots of Paris, the entire production was shot on a backlot at MGM. Reportedly, when Irving Berlin learned that Arthur Freed, Kelly and director, Vincente Minnelli were planning to end the film with a nearly 20 minute dance sequence and no dialogue, he curiously commented, "I guess you know what you're doing." Indeed they did. "An American In Paris" became the first musical to win Best Picture since "The Great Ziegfeld" made some twenty years before!
Warner Brothers Home Video has presented this film on DVD in an adequate looking transfer that is a direct import from the MGM/UA initial release. Colors are well defined, nicely balanced and fully saturated. Occasionally there is a noticeable change in the color depending on the film stock. Age related artifacts are tempered. There are very few instances of digital anomalies for an image that is generally smooth throughout.Read more ›
Gene Kelly, producer Arthur Fred, director Vincente Minnelli and a skilled production team conjure an entertainment for the ages. Gene Kelly plays an ex-GI who loves Paris and an alluring [but engaged] perfume-shop clerk [Leslie Caron] in her beguiling screen debut. Dazzling dance sequences are spun around songs by George Gershwin. And the closing ballet sequence combining the George Gershwin title piece, Impressionist set styling's and Gene Kelly's inimitable talent telling a story in dance and lifts this winner of 6 Academy Awards® to new heights and especially now this Blu-ray has had a New Ultra-resolution Digital transfer!
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: Academy Awards®: Win: Best Picture for Arthur Freed [Producer]. Win: Best Art and Set Decoration, Colour for E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons, F. Keogh Gleason, and Edwin B. Willis. Win: Best Cinematography and Colour for John Alton and Alfred Gilks. Win: Best Costume Design and Colour for Orry-Kelly, Walter Plunkett, and Irene Sharaff. Win: Best Musical Score for Saul Chaplin and Johnny Green. Win: Best Writing, Scoring and Screenplay for Alan Jay Lerner. Nominated: Best Director for Vincente Minnelli. Nominated: Best Film Editing for Adrienne Fazan. Golden Globe® Awards: Win: Best Motion Picture in a Musical or Comedy. Nominated: Best Director in a Motion Picture for Vincente Minnelli. Nominated: Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Gene Kelly. Gene Kelly received an Academy Honorary Award that year for "his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film.Read more ›
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DVD in excellent condition, entertaining story line. Gene Kelly always beautiful in motion. Leslie Caron very athletic and 'perky". Read morePublished 23 months ago by kathleen veilleux
Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) ex-GI stays in Paris to practice painting. There he is patronized by a jealous Milo Roberts (Nina Foch). Read morePublished on April 1 2007 by Bernie
Many film critics were flummoxed when AN AMERICAN IN PARIS walked away with Best Picture honours in 1951. Read morePublished on May 26 2005 by A. Munnik
A glorious movie that showcases Gene Kelly's breathtaking talent. Forget the silly story and just watch him dance and dance and dance. Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by James Ferguson
I found this film to be average. I find most musicals (especially MGM productions) to be tedious, so that probably contributes to my lack of enthusiasm for it. Read morePublished on March 1 2004
This is one of the best musicals MGM has ever made.
I just watch it over & over. Top film