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An American in Paris

United States
Musical. Romance | Painting
One of the greatest of 1950s screen musicals is a happy collaboration between the grace and athleticism of Gene Kelly and colourful palette of Vincente Minnelli. An American G.I. lingers in Paris after the war to study painting and soon falls in love with Caron, an engaged mademoiselle, much to the chagrin of his romance-minded benefactress. Features a seventeen-minute, avant-garde ballet choreographed by Kelly to George Gershwins unbeatable melodies. [+]
Author Review
United StatesUnited States Variety "One of the most imaginative musical confections turned out by Hollywood in years,"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Roger Ebert
"The real reasons to see [it] are for the Kelly dance sequences, the closing ballet, the Gershwin songs, the bright locations, and a few moments of the ineffable, always curiously sad charm of Oscar Levant (...) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
"All the romantic elements of Paris are rolled into one gorgeous Technicolor film for our delight."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Philip French
The Guardian
"The Gershwin songs are magnificent, and the climactic ballet a tour de force."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Kate Muir
The Times
"One of the great MGM musicals."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Dave Kehr
The New York Times
"[It] is one of a kind (...) This is a remarkably intimate musical"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Noel Murray
AV Club
"'An American In Paris' is muddled as an artistic statement, yet unsatisfying as conventional Hollywood product (...) [It] can be surprisingly graceful"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
"[A] groundbreaking, breathtaking musical (...) The great things remain great (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
"Much of the movie remains a delight (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
James Berardinelli
"The film cleverly interweaves a variety of Gershwin's early 20th century work (...) [It] is more about mood, dancing, and singing than it is about plot and character (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
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