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NEW Caron/kelly - American In Paris (Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True All Time Classic Dec 11 2003
The plot of the film is simple enough. Jerry Mulligan (played by Gene Kelly) is an American ex-GI trying to become an artist in Paris. He is an all around nice guy who seems to get by more on charm than talent. He meets up with a perfume girl named Lise (played by Leslie Caron) who steels his heart, but she is engaged to Henri (played by Georges Geutary), the man who protected her during World War II. The movie centers on how Jerry and Lise finally are able to get together. There is a colorful cast of supporting characters including piano player Adam Cook played by Oscar Levant, feminine tease/American debutante Milo Roberts played by Nina Foch, and the people who inhabit the streets of Paris.
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?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars S'WONDERFUL ROMANCE ON THE BANKS OF THE SEINE June 9 2004
By Nix Pix
"An American In Paris" is the charming Arthur Freed musical Oscar winner about a painter, Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly). An ex-G.I., Mulligan is a starving artist until a wealthy playgirl, Margo (Nina Foch) takes an interest in both him and his work. But Jerry, seemingly oblivious to Margo's romantic advances, begins to fall for young Parisian, Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron). The wrinkle of the plot occurs when Jerry learns that Lise is engaged to marry his best friend, Henri Burell (George Guetary). The Gershwin score is among the finest produced for a musical with such indelible hits as "Embraceable You", "S'wonderful", "I Got Rhythm" and the immortal "American in Paris ballet."
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful July 6 2004
By J
I'm not that big into musicals but I love this movie. I can watch An American in Paris any time day or night. I would rather watch the fantasy dance sequence at the end 10 times in a row than watch most movies all the way through once. Leslie Caron is beautiful, Kelly is fun, and the sets and costumes are fascinating. Definately a must have on dvd for anyone who knows movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An American in Paris [1951] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Aug. 17 2014
By Andrew C. Miller TOP 1000 REVIEWER
An American in Paris [1951] [Blu-ray] [US Import] AN ALTOGETHER DELIGHTFUL MUSICAL HOLIDAY!

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 – combining the George Gershwin title piece, Impressionist set styling’s and Gene Kelly’s inimitable talent telling a story in dance – 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 FACTS: Academy Awards Wins: Academy Award for Best Picture: Arthur Freed for Producer. Academy Award for Best Art – Set Decoration, Color: E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons, F. Keogh Gleason, and Edwin B. Willis. Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color: John Alton and Alfred Gilks. Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Color: Orry-Kelly, Walter Plunkett, and Irene Sharaff. Academy Award for Best Musical Score: Saul Chaplin and Johnny Green. Academy Award for Best Writing, Scoring and Screenplay: Alan Jay Lerner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by madeleine champagne
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice combination of couples dancing all the way to dance...
DVD in excellent condition, entertaining story line. Gene Kelly always beautiful in motion. Leslie Caron very athletic and 'perky". Read more
Published 5 months ago by kathleen veilleux
3.0 out of 5 stars Great George Gershwin - so so Kelly
Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) ex-GI stays in Paris to practice painting. There he is patronized by a jealous Milo Roberts (Nina Foch). Read more
Published on April 1 2007 by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Minnelli Waxes Nostalgic For A Distant Past
Many film critics were flummoxed when AN AMERICAN IN PARIS walked away with Best Picture honours in 1951. Read more
Published on May 26 2005 by A. Munnik
5.0 out of 5 stars S'Wonderful
A glorious movie that showcases Gene Kelly's breathtaking talent. Forget the silly story and just watch him dance and dance and dance. Read more
Published on March 20 2004 by James Ferguson
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Another Musical
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 more
Published on March 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
This is one of the best musicals MGM has ever made.
I just watch it over & over. Top film
Published on Dec 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Movie, One of Kelly's Best
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a wonderful movie musical with great songs, a touching story, brilliant choreography, and lush sets and costumes. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars S'wonderful...and s'marvelous
This is one of my favorite film musicals, together with Singin' in the Rain and Chicago. It received and richly deserved six Academy Awards in 1951, including one for best film. Read more
Published on July 20 2003 by Robert Morris
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