My Review of ‘An American in Paris’ (1951)


In this film, Gene Kelly plays a starving artist in Paris. He falls for Leslie Caron, who’s supposed to hook up with the uptight and upright Georges Guétary. Oscar Levant plays piano and provides his usual brooding presence.

The plot is as thin as skim milk, but it hardly matters. It’s about boy-meets-girl, boy-nearly-becomes-a-gigolo, boy-loses-girl … or does he?

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As with all Gene Kelly musicals, his dancing is physical. The best part of the film is the final dance sequence, in which Kelly and Caron trip the light fantastic to the strains of George Gershwin music.


Point of trivia: As the film was shot in Hollywood and not with French actors, one of the children makes an interesting faux pas, as it were, by speaking his alleged native language incorrectly. This screw up was masked in the French version of the movie by fiddling with the soundtrack.

This movie also features future television favorites Dr. Bellows from I Dream of Jeannie, Lois Lane (the one played by Noel Neill) from The Adventures of Superman, and Aunt Harriet from Batman in various minor roles.

The film captures the feel of the spectacular movie musical at its most sophisticated level. They really don’t make them like this anymore!

Gotta give this true classic two thumbs up!

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