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


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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018KGVA4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,284 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Kearney on Dec 11 2003
Format: DVD
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 By J on July 6 2004
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nix Pix on June 9 2004
Format: DVD
"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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DVD in excellent condition, entertaining story line. Gene Kelly always beautiful in motion. Leslie Caron very athletic and 'perky". I love the Gershwin's music, so paired with the Parisian settings; my favorite part. Definitely worth adding to a Gene Kelly collection.
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By James Ferguson on March 20 2004
Format: DVD
A glorious movie that showcases Gene Kelly's breathtaking talent. Forget the silly story and just watch him dance and dance and dance. He does more with a turn of a shoulder than most dancers can do with their whole body. This movie also introduced the lithe and lovely Leslie Caron as the object of Kelly's affection. The film builds to its dramatic hallucinatory conclusion as Kelly dances his way across a Paris dreamscape, that brings all the elements of modern dance together in a tour-de-force that was unprecedented in musicals of that time. You can't help getting swept away in the feel-good spirit of this movie. It was another time and place.
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 1 2007
Format: DVD
Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) ex-GI stays in Paris to practice painting. There he is patronized by a jealous Milo Roberts (Nina Foch). Mean time he is trying to make time with a store clerk that is more than she appears to be (Leslie Caron).

Not one of Kelly's best but passable. However even at his best, one has to have a taste for that sort of thing. He is sort of a Danny Kay type. His high-water pants are his signature and really looks out of place. He cannot sing worth beans. However, he did do a good job in "What a Way to Go."

Even though this film is not a notable movie Vincente Minnelli, (1903-1986) directed it. He directed some great movies and some that you would never suspect such as "The Long Long Trailer."

What a Way to Go! - Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly
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