An American in Paris (film)
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and Nina Foch star in An American in Paris. The music is by George Gershwin, with lyrics by his brother Ira, with additional music by Saul Chaplin, the music director. The climax of the film is a 17-minute dialogue-free dance featuring Kelly and Caron.
About An American in Paris (film) in brief
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and Nina Foch star in An American in Paris. The music is by George Gershwin, with lyrics by his brother Ira, with additional music by Saul Chaplin, the music director. The climax of the film is a 17-minute dialogue-free dance featuring Kelly and Caron. The film ran into controversy with the Hays Office over part of her dance sequence with a chair. It is ranked #9 among AFI’s Greatest Movie Musicals. In 1993, it was selected for preservation by the United States Library of Congress in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’’. It was nominated for eight Academy Award nominations and winning six, as well as earning other industry honors. The movie is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner. A lonely society woman and heiress, Milo Roberts, finds Jerry displaying his paintings in Montmartre and takes an interest in him and his art. She brings him to her apartment to pay for his works, and invites him to a dinner party she is throwing later that night. He quickly finds out the party is actually a one-on-one date, and tells Milo he has no interest in being a paid escort.
He ignores Milo and her acquaintances, and instead pretends to know Lise already and dances with her. The next day, Jerry calls Lise at her work, but she tells him to never call her again. Before going to the showing, he goes to a parfumerie where Lise consents to a late dinner with him and she does not want to be seen with him in public, but they share a romantic song and dance on the banks of the Seine River in the shadows of Notre Dame. Later, he is humorously asked to go on a tour of America and asks her to marry him. Later that day he is performing in a concert for a gala for a French singer, Henri Baurel, where he tells her he has been asked to perform in a Concerto in Falaise for the Orchestra. After the concert, she quickly rushes off to meet Henri after his performance, where she quickly tells him he is a great pianist and asks him to marry her. She is standoffish and gives Jerry a wrong phone number, but is innocently corrected by someone at her table. She later informs him she is interested in a collector and she arranged a showing later that day.