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An American in Paris (1951) was a Musical - Romance Film directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by Arthur Freed and Roger Edens.

An American in Paris was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1993.

Academy Awards 1951 --- Ceremony Number 24 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Preston Ames; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Keogh GleasonWon
Best CinematographyAlfred Gilks; Ballet Photography by John AltonWon
Best Costume DesignOrry-Kelly, Walter Plunkett, Irene SharaffWon
Best DirectorVincente MinnelliNominated
Best Film EditingAdrienne FazanNominated
Best Music - ScoringJohnny Green, Saul ChaplinWon
Best PictureArthur Freed, ProducerWon
Best WritingAlan Jay LernerWon
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BlogHub Articles:

An American in Paris (1951, Vincente Minnelli)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Feb 20, 2018 From The Stop Button

For most of An American in Paris, Gene Kelly?s charm makes up for his lack of acting ability. Even after it turns out the story?s about him stalking Leslie Caron until she agrees to go out with him. It?s okay after that point because she falls immediately in love with Kelly once she does. He makes h... Read full article


Ticklish Business Episode #25 – An American in Paris (1951)

on Aug 16, 2017 From Journeys in Classic Film

I’ve got rhythm! I’ve got music! And I’ve got guest Debbie Elias here to talk with me about Gene Kelly’s 1951 musical?An American in Paris. Want to support the podcast? Consider leaving an iTunes rating and review, or becoming a Patron via?Patreon https://www.podbean.com/med... Read full article


An American in Paris

By Amanda Garrett on Dec 20, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing An American in Paris (1951), starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. This article is part of The Vincente Minnelli Blogathon hosted by Love Letters to Old Hollywood. Director Vincente Minnelli did more than perhaps any other person to turn the American film musical into an a... Read full article


Scattered thoughts on An American in Paris (1951)

By Michaela on May 24, 2016 From Love Letters to Old Hollywood

What better film to begin my trip with? As some of you may know, I'll be studying in Europe this summer, starting with four weeks in Paris. Two days ago, I landed at the Charles de Gaulle Airport and it's been...overwhelming. I'll write a post on Paris at the end of my stay here, so for now I'll jus... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 18, 2015 From Virtual Virago

Singin' in the Rain (1952) might be the most popular of Gene Kelly's musical films, but An American in Paris (1951) proved his biggest Oscar success. The Best Picture Winner, directed by Vincente Minnelli, took home six Academy Awards in all, including wins for Best Musical Score and Best Color Cine... Read full article


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Quotes from

[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.


Jerry Mulligan: That's... quite a dress you almost have on.
Milo Roberts: Thanks.
Jerry Mulligan: What holds it up?
Milo Roberts: Modesty.


Henri Baurel: Then you have no problems!
Adam Cook: Where'd they go?


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Facts about

Vincente Minnelli first wanted Maurice Chevalier in the Georges Guétary part, and Celeste Holm in the Nina Foch part. But Chevalier wasn't available; Minnelli was pleased with Foch's reading, and she got the part.
Arthur Freed originally just wanted to buy the rights to the George Gershwin number "American in Paris," but Ira Gershwin made the condition that he'd only sell on the condition that if a musical were to use the song, it would use only Gershwin numbers as its other songs.
Film debut of Leslie Caron.
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