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An American in Paris Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Gene Kelly does his patented Pal Joey bit as Jerry Mulligan, an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists" colony. He is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch), who becomes Jerry's patroness in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Jerry plays hookey on this setup by romancing waif-like Lise Bouvier ([[Performer~P11131~Leslie Caron~lesliecaron]]) -- who, unbeknownst to him, is the object of the affections of his close friend Henri ([[Performer~P29141~Georges Guetary~georgesguetary]]), a popular nightclub performer. (The film was supposed to make [[Performer~P29141~Guetary~georgesguetary]] into "the New [[Performer~P12734~Chevalier~mauricechevalier]]." It didn't.) The thinnish plot is held together by the superlative production numbers and by the recycling of several vintage [[Performer~P91359~George Gershwin~georgegershwin]] tunes, including "I Got Rhythm," "'S Wonderful," and "Our Love Is Here to Stay." Highlights include [[Performer~P29141~Guetary~georgesguetary]]'s rendition of "Stairway to Paradise"; [[Performer~P99458~Oscar Levant~oscarlevant]]'s fantasy of conducting and performing [[Performer~P91359~Gershwin~georgegershwin]]'s "Concerto in F" ([[Performer~P99458~Levant~oscarlevant]] also appears as every member of the orchestra); and the closing 17-minute "American in Paris" ballet, in which [[Performer~P97107~Kelly~genekelly]] and [[Performer~P11131~Caron~lesliecaron]] dance before lavish backgrounds based on the works of famed French artists. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 9, 1951

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Keogh Gleason Best Color Art Direction 1951 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Gene Kelly Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irene Sharaff Best Color Costume Design 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Alton Best Color Cinematography 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Johnny Green Best Musical Score 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Saul Chaplin Best Musical Score 1951 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Vincente Minnelli Best Director 1951 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Vincente Minnelli Best Director 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vincente Minnelli Best Director 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Plunkett Best Color Costume Design 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur Freed Best Picture 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Color Art Direction 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Jay Lerner Best Story and Screenplay 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edwin B. Willis Best Color Art Direction 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Orry-Kelly Best Color Costume Design 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alfred Gilks Best Color Cinematography 1951 Winner

Cast

Gene Kelly
as Jerry Mulligan
Leslie Caron
as Lise Bouvier
Oscar Levant
as Adam Cook
Georges Guetary
as Henri Baurel
Nina Foch
as Milo Roberts
Eugene Borden
as George Mattieu
Martha Bamattre
as Mathilde Mattieu
Nan Boardman
as Maid
Art Dupuis
as Driver
Noel Neill
as American Girl
Paul Maxey
as John McDowd
Ann Codee
as Therese
Andre Charisse
as Dancing Partner
Jeanne Lafayette
as Nun
John Eldredge
as Jack Jansen
Madge Blake
as Edna Mae Bestram (customer)
Hayden Rorke
as Tommy Baldwin
George Davis
as Francois
Anna Q. Nilsson
as Kay Jansen
Alex Romero
Dick Wessel
as Ben Macrow
Alfred Paix
as Postman
Greg McClure
as Artist

Crew

Vincente Minnelli
Director
Arthur Freed
Producer
Alan Jay Lerner
Screen Story
Alan Jay Lerner
Screenwriter
John Alton
Cinematographer
Alfred Gilks
Cinematographer
Ira Gershwin
Songwriter
George Gershwin
Featured Music
Johnny Green
Musical Direction/Supervision
Saul Chaplin
Musical Direction/Supervision
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Orry-Kelly
Costume Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Irene Sharaff
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
John Alton
Consultant/advisor
Gene Kelly
Choreography
Ira Gershwin
Lyricist
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