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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)

Gross:

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

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1.37 : 1
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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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Music by George Gershwin
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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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