An American in Paris (U)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5
 

Time Out says

Posted: Tue Oct 25 2011

’S wonderful! ’S marvellous! ’S a teensy bit smug! Yes, Vincente Minnelli’s groundbreaking, breathtaking musical returns to the screens in a spanking new print, giving a new generation of viewers the chance to admire Gene Kelly in a puce body stocking. He plays Gerry Mulligan, a brash, goodhearted ex-GI turned painter torn between love and career. The great things remain great – Kelly’s effortless grace, Leslie Caron’s extraordinary face, Gershwin’s style-splicing score and Minnelli’s eye-ravishing colour palette. But time has not been wholly kind to ‘An American in Paris’: some of the early scenes can be a little self-satisfied and boys’-clubbish, while the love triangle between 39-year-old Kelly, his older rival Georges Guetary and the impossibly youthful 19-year-old Caron feels a mite creepy. It’s all brought together beautifully in that timeless, endlessly inventive fantasy ballet sequence – but even that feels a little cool and calculating compared to its passionate progenitor in Michael Powell’s ‘The Red Shoes’. Imperfect, then, but intermittently awe-inspiring.
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Release details

Rated:

U

UK release:

Fri Oct 28, 2011

Duration:

114 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Cast:

Nina Foch, Oscar Levant, Leslie Caron, Gene Kelly, Georges Guetary

Music:

George Gershwin

Art Director:

Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons

Editor:

Adrienne Fazan

Cinematography:

John Alton, Alfred Gilks

Screenwriter:

Alan Jay Lerner

Producer:

Arthur Freed

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