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An American in Paris (U)

Outdoor Cinema 2024

This 1950s Hollywood musical from Vincente Minnelli (Meet Me in St Louis) stars Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, and features Gershwin classics like ‘S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm and Love is Here to Stay.

Jerry (Kelly) came to Paris to become successful artist. Little did he know he would meet and fall in love with Lise (Caron), who already had a suitor in the form of French singer Henri (Georges Guétary). The course of true love never did run smooth, not even on the streets of Paris.

Choreographed by Kelly, full of lively musical numbers, endlessly inventive set design and positively dripping in technicolour, this spectacular production won 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 

In 1951, the New York Times gushed, ‘count a bewitching French lassie by the name of Leslie Caron and a whoop-de-do ballet number, one of the finest ever put upon the screen, as the most commendable enchantments… it is the wondrously youthful Miss Caron and that grandly pictorial ballet that place the marks of distinction upon this lush Technicolored escapade’.

1951 USA dir Vincente Minnelli 113 min

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