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An American in Paris (1951)

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Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However, things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

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Storyline

Jerry Mulligan, a struggling American painter in Paris, is "discovered" by an influential heiress with an interest in more than Jerry's art. Jerry in turn falls for Lise, a young French girl already engaged to a cabaret singer. Jerry jokes, sings and dances with his best friend, an acerbic would-be concert pianist, while romantic complications abound. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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love | french | pianist | art | dance | See more »

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What a joy! It's M-G-M's Technicolor musical!

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Musical | Romance

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11 November 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amerikanac u Parizu  »

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$2,723,903 (estimated)

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$4,500,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The movie was named as one of "The 20 Most Overrated Movies Of All Time" by Premiere. See more »

Goofs

We see Adam in his studio three times. When we first see him, alone, he is playing a black baby grand. The second time, he is playing a brown baby grand upon which Jerry dances. In the third Adam studio sequence he is alone, again, playing the black grand. Perhaps the brown piano was fashioned to accommodate and withstand Jerry's dancing on it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jerry Mulligan: This is Paris, and I'm an American who lives here. My name is Jerry Mulligan, and I'm an ex G.I. In 1945 when the army told me to find my own job, I stayed on. And I'll tell you why: I'm a painter, and all my life that's all I've ever wanted to do.
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I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Buddy G. DeSylva)
Sung and Danced by Georges Guétary in his show
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16 February 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Timeless musical gem, with Gene Kelly in top form, stylish direction by Vincente Minnelli, and wonderful musical numbers. It is great entertainment from start to finish, one of those films that people watch with a smile and say "they don't make 'em like they used to!" But they never did quite make them like this. The climactic 25 minute musical sequence without any dialogue is among the most beautiful in film history. Movie magic, clearly derived from the heart and soul of everyone involved. A must see!


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