An American in Paris

An American in Paris

Director: Vincente Minnelli Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant

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Overview

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 (Leslie Caron)--who, unbeknownst to him, is the object of the affections of his close friend Henri (Georges Guetary), a popular nightclub performer (the film was supposed to make Guetary into "the New Chevalier." It didn't). The thinnish plot is held together by the superlative production numbers and by the recycling of several vintage George Gershwin tunes, including "I Got Rhythm," "S'wonderful," and "Our Love is Here to Stay." Highlights include Guetary's rendition of "Stairway to Paradise"; Oscar Levant's fantasy of conducting and performing Gershwin's "Concerto in F" (Levant also appears as every member of the orchestra); and the closing 17-minute "American in Paris" ballet, in which Kelly and Caron dance before lavish backgrounds based on the works of famed French artists.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2008
UPC: 0883929003952
Original Release: 1951
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 618

Special Features

'S Wonderful: The Making of An American In Paris - Spellbinding New Documentary about the Groundbreaking creation of Musical Classic featuring 10 new interviews; Including Leslie Caron and Nina Foch; American Masters Career profile Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer ; Love Walked in Outtake Song Sequence; Audio-only bonuses: Outtake Songs Gallery and Gene Kelly/Leslie Caron/Jimmy Green Radio Promos

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
John Alton Cinematographer,Consultant/advisor
Preston Ames Art Director
Saul Chaplin Musical Direction/Supervision
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Arthur Freed Producer
Ira Gershwin Songwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Alfred Gilks Cinematographer
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Gene Kelly Choreography
Alan Jay Lerner Original Story,Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- An American in Paris
1. Credits [1:28]
2. American In Paris [4:34]
3. Coffee with Henri [3:32]
4. Embraceable Enchanting [3:35]
5. By Strauss [5:00]
6. Unexpected Sale [4:06]
7. Party Invitation [3:41]
8. I Got Rhythm [4:17]
9. Part of Two [2:51]
10. Not Housebroken Yet [3:33]
11. Two Touchy Ladies [3:24]
12. Two Breakfast Calls [2:52]
13. Perfume Counter Encounter [2:56]
14. Tra-la-la [4:04]
15. Double Dater [2:14]
16. Love Is Here to Stay [1:41]
17. I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise [5:50]
18. All-American News [3:09]
19. Concerto In F [3rd Movement] [2:16]
20. Artist at Work [5:18]
21. Woman Trouble [3:57]
22. 'S Wonderful [5:26]
23. I Love You/Goodbye [3:13]
24. Art Students Ball [2:17]
25. Paris Is Not Enough [3:05]
26. An American In Paris [6:07]
27. Stairway to Paradise [17:29]
Disc #2 -- An American in Paris - Special Features
1. Introduction [3:35]
2. Early Years [2:06]
3. New York: Pal Joey [3:42]
4. Hollywood: For Me And My Gal [2:50]
5. American Style Thousands Cheer [2:10]
6. Cover Girl and Stanley Donen [3:07]
7. Anchors Aweigh [3:50]
8. Competitor: Fred Astaire [4:03]
9. Words and Music: The Private [3:48]
10. On the Town [5:05]
11. A Day In New York [2:26]
12. Summer Stock [4:59]
13. An American in Paris [3:49]
14. The Ballet [4:21]
15. Singin' In the Rain [6:30]
16. Dynamic Of Dance [2:50]
17. Signature Number [4:14]
18. Blacklist [4:30]
19. It's Always Fair Weather Not [5:26]
20. Television [3:40]
21. Hello, Dolly! [1:42]
22. Final Years: Legacy [3:58]
23. End Credits [1:49]

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