A francophile and frustrated painter, Minnelli identifies completely with Kelly's American painter Jerry. Arguably no Hollywood director was as knowledgeable of French art as Minnelli, whose work evokes the light and color of his cherished painters.
It's not hard to see why this is one of the most beloved musicals. They refuse to make movies like this anymore - movies that are full of music, beauty and grandeur, movies that make you smile, laugh, sing and maybe even attempt to dance along.
The combination of Kelly's dance and charisma, Gershwin's music and Minneli's direction makes this a movie that's hugely enjoyable, even for those who don't generally look for movies that are packed with dancing.