An American in Paris Overview:

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:

Review: An American in Paris (1951): Gene Kelly’s Love Letter to France

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 15, 2020 From 4 Star Films

It’s no secret that Gene Kelly had a deep abiding affection for France. He was fluent in the language also becoming the first American ever bestowed the honor of arranging a show for the Paris Opera. He would be honored with the Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur in 1960 and, of course, m... Read full article


Win Tickets to see ?TCM Big Screen Classics: An American in Paris? (Giveaway runs now through Jan 5)

By Annmarie Gatti on Jan 2, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Win tickets to see ?An American in Paris? on the big screen!In Select Cinemas NationwideSun Jan 19 and Wed Jan 22 ?I got rhythm, I got music…who could ask for anything more? CMH continues into our 5h year of our partnership with Fathom Events ? with the 1st of our 15 movie ticket giveawa... Read full article


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


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Lise Bouvier: Jerry, don't let me leave you this way.


Adam Cook: I'm a concert pianist. That's a pretentious way of saying I'm... unemployed at the moment.


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


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Facts about

Producer Arthur Freed wanted Marge Champion to star in this movie, but at the time Champion didn't want to break up her dance act with her husband Gower Champion. So she persuaded Freed that he should cast a French girl in the role instead.
According to Leslie Caron, her introductory dance sequence, which included a seductive dance with a chair, was considered too suggestive by some censors. Gene Kelly directed the brief fantasy dance sequences shown as Lise is introduced.
On the two-disc special edition DVD released in 2008 by Warner Home Video, footage of one musical scene has been restored as a bonus: Georges Guétary, accompanied by Oscar Levant at the piano, singing "Love Walked In" to Leslie Caron in a café. Audio extras include Gene Kelly crooning "I've Got a Crush on You," plus two versions of "But Not for Me": a Georges Guétary vocal and an Oscar Levant piano solo.
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