An American in Paris

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Dir. Vincente Minnelli

USA 1951 | Colour | 113 mins | Cert U | Hollywood Classics | Musical

Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron

This new digital restoration will be released by the BFI on 28 October 2011 and is now available for booking on DCP.

Gotta sing! Gotta dance!! Gotta paint!!! Now digitally restored 60 years after it swept the Oscars, Minnelli’s Gershwin-based musical remains one of the creative pinnacles of the form.

Gene Kelly is at his dazzling best as Jerry Mulligan, a former GI whose dreams of becoming a successful artist have led him to the city of light, love and the Impressionists.  Much admired by wealthy patron Miro (Nina Foch), he risks her displeasure when he falls for shopgirl Lise (Leslie Caron), herself betrothed to Henri (Georges Guétary), who’s an old friend of Jerry’s pianist pal Adam (Oscar Levant). This romantic roundelay is, in the end, simply the framework – albeit a consistently engaging and funny one – for some of the finest musical sequences ever filmed. Most memorable of all is the climactic ballet danced to Gershwin’s titular tone poem on ravishing sets inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Dufy, Rousseau et al – an eloquent evocation of Jerry’s inner life, superbly shot and choreographed, and as audacious and exhilarating as its equivalent in The Red Shoes.’S wonderful! - Geoff Andrew

The BFI will also re-release MEET ME IN ST LOUIS (Dir. Vincente Minnelli, 1944) on 16 December in digital format.

Available on: DCP

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