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An American in Paris (1951)

Passed  |   |  Musical, Romance  |  11 November 1951 (USA)
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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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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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Maurice Chevalier was originally considered for the part of Henri. However, Chevalier's collaborationist stance during WWII was one of the reasons that ruled him out. See more »

Goofs

George Guetary's character states that he is "strictly a three-quarter man". This is reinforced by the song "By Strauss". However, his later musical number "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" is definitely not in 3/4 time. 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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Soundtracks

Strike Up the Band
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Played as background music
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The perfect musical.
5 July 1999 | by (London, ENGLAND) – See all my reviews

I saw "An American in Paris" on its first release when I was still at school and fell in love with it straightaway. I went back to see it again the next day and have lost count of the number of times I have seen it since, both in the cinema and on TV. It makes fantastic use of some of the best music and songs by the greatest popular composer of the twentieth century (George Gershwin) and features the greatest male (Gene Kelly) and female (Leslie Caron) dancers in Hollywood history. The supporting cast of Oscar Levant (as quirky as ever), Georges Guetary (why didn't he make more movies ?) and Nina Foch (brilliant in an unsympathetic role) are at the top of their form. The closing ballet, superbly choreographed to the title music, makes excellent use of the sights and sounds of Paris and of the images of impressionist and post-impressionist artists. All the Gershwin songs are beautifully staged, but the most memorable are "It's Very Clear" (Caron and Kelly on the banks of the Seine) and "I Got Rhythm" (the kids of Paris joining Gene Kelly in "Une Chanson Americaine"). If you love Paris, see this movie. If you've never been to Paris in your life, see it. But see it !


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