An American in Paris (1951) was a Musical - Romance Film directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by Arthur Freed and Roger Edens.
One of the greatest of 1950's screen musicals is a happy collaboration between the grace of athleticism of Kelly and the colorful palette of Minnelli. An American G.I. lingers in Paris after the war to study painting and soon falls in love with Caron, an engaged mademoiselle, much to the chagrin of his romance-minded benefactress. Features a seventeen-minute, avant-garde ballet choreographed by Kelly to George Gershwin's unbeatable melodies.
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An American in Paris was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1993.
Academy Awards 1951 --- Ceremony Number 24 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Preston Ames; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Keogh Gleason||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Alfred Gilks; Ballet Photography by John Alton||Won|
|Best Costume Design||Orry-Kelly, Walter Plunkett, Irene Sharaff||Won|
|Best Director||Vincente Minnelli||Nominated|
|Best Film Editing||Adrienne Fazan||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Johnny Green, Saul Chaplin||Won|
|Best Picture||Arthur Freed, Producer||Won|
|Best Writing||Alan Jay Lerner||Won|
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Lise Bouvier: Maybe Paris has a way of making people forget.
Jerry Mulligan: Paris? No. Not this city. It's too real and too beautiful to ever let you forget anything.
Adam Cook: [Jerry, Henri Baurel and Adam are at the café, talking. Adam desperately tries to prevent the other two men from revealing to each other they love the same woman by distracting them] Did I ever tell you about the time I gave a command performance for Hitler?
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There was a break in production after 1 November 1950, at which point Gene Kelly began rehearsing the ballet choreography. By the time production for that final sequence resumed on 6 December, Vincente Minnelli had finished directing another film - Father's Little Dividend.
Irene Sharaff designed a style for each of the ballet sequence sets, reflecting various French impressionist painters: Raoul Dufy (the Place de la Concorde), Edouard Manet (the flower market), Maurice Utrillo (a Paris street), Henri Rousseau (the fair), Vincent van Gogh (the Place de l'Opera), and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (the Moulin Rouge). The backgrounds took six weeks to build, with 30 painters working nonstop.
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