An American in Paris

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An American in Paris

’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.

By: Tom Huddleston

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Release details

Rated: U
Release date: Friday October 28 2011
Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Screenwriter: Alan Jay Lerner
Cast: Gene Kelly
Leslie Caron
Oscar Levant
Nina Foch
Georges Guetary

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The dancing is good. The music is classic. The sets are clever. Unfortunately it just doesn't have that WOW factor. The first half was slow and the second half was more enjoyable but it felt dated. Nit one to be repeated.