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An American in Paris Reviews

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March 19, 2018
This is a gem of escapist cinema, and one of the best musicals of all time. Vincente Merrelli seamlessly blends classic and contemporary art, and adds distinct tones of surrealism in the closing sequences. Showtune numbers and tap dancing is juxtaposed with operatic performances and gorgeous ballet, to stunning effect. Gene Kelly's choreography brings the characters to life, and the costume and set design are jaw dropping. This movie is a flawless expression of a timeless romance through every artistic medium.
March 8, 2018
With such disappointments as "The Broadway Melody" and "The Great Ziegfeld," it was about time the Academy awarded a worthy musical.
March 1, 2018
Gene Kelly is an American veteran of WWII who has stayed in Paris after the war to pursue his ambition of being a painter. He is not particularly successful until he meets wealthy arts patron Nina Foch who takes a liking to him and his work although there may be more emphasis on the former than the latter. For his part, Kelly has fallen for Leslie Caron, who unbeknownst to him is the fiance of his friend, cabaret singer Georges Guétary. This light, insubstantial plot is buoyed by a flight of incredible songs by George & Ira Gershwin and Kelly's choreography. This is among Kelly's best work in that regard. Caron is, at this early stage in her career, a great dancer, but not much on an actress. Oscar Levant is on hand as Kelly's musician pal and frankly, I have never been able to see what anyone ever saw in him.
½ February 10, 2018
1001 movies to see before you die.
February 1, 2018
Gene Kelly is magnificent as usual, the chemistry between the two leads is incredible. The songs are amazing, the directing is perfect, the dance sequences are beautiful. An American in Paris is a bright, colorful movie, but the plot is so stupid, in fact it's awful. The ending was awful as well.
½ December 31, 2017
Not inspiring. Just find the tap dancing scene with "I've Got Rhythm" online and spare yourself from the rest of it. The 20 minute dream sequence makes no sense (much like in Singin' in the Rain). However, unlike in Singin' in the Rain, the plot here is uninteresting and even annoying. SPOILERS: Older woman loves Gene. Gene loves younger woman who is engaged and wants nothing to do with Gene. Gene eventually woos younger woman away from her fiance.
October 4, 2017
The last 20 minutes of this fun movie is one of the best sequences ever put on film. Up to that point, it's a very good film.
½ September 2, 2017
9.5 out of 10:

Despite a somewhat unoriginal story and an overlong end dance sequence, An American in Paris still has Gene Kelly's charm, and its colorful and has some great song and dance sequences.
August 27, 2017
Excellent score of Gershwin tunes, and Gene Kelly's usual dominance on the dance floor, American in Paris is ultimately slow-paced and flat.
½ June 1, 2017
gene kelly wanking off to modern dance again
May 12, 2017
The dance sequence by the river is the finest example of storytelling through dance that I have ever seen. We see the lovely Leslie Caron and surprisingly vulnerable Gene Kelly at once denying their feelings and reluctantly giving into them, told entirely through the amazing choreography done by Mr. Kelly himself.
½ March 29, 2017
Charming despite its flaws
½ February 19, 2017
Some plot points certainly felt troublesome and the ending is abrupt, but other than that, An American in Paris is a fantastic film. Gene Kelly is so charismatic and likable in his role and Leslie Caron is quite endearing. The film is very romantic and exceedingly charming in almost every scene with a nice dose of excellent humor, but the highlights are its technical aspects - the costumes are some of the best ever put on film, the choreography is amazing, the dancing is phenomenal to behold, some songs are very catchy and the film is beautifully shot and such a great feast for the eyes. Visually dazzling and even artistic, it is definitely one of my favorite musicals.
½ February 11, 2017
'S Wonderful! Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron are lovely together. The Gershwin tunes are beautiful. My favorite is "Love Is Here To Stay". I do think that the 17 minute ballet finale sequence, as unique and colorful as it is, was a bit much though. It could have ended stronger if that had been cut down a little. (First and only full viewing - 8/31/2010)
January 20, 2017
Do I hate Paris? Yes, and I never wish to return, once was more than enough. Let's just say you know your vacation won't be too good when it starts off with your taxi driver leaving you behind, while the rest of your family was already in the car. Nevertheless, I love this film. This is one of the most delightful musicals ever made. Is the general plot thin and worn out? Of course! But that's where Gene Kelly and the Gershwin songs come in! Wait a minute, this film combines one of the 20th century's best actor, dancer and singer while all set to the music of people where if you don't like it, you're either an idiot, incredibly cynical or loathe musicals? You're right! Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron breathe new life into the boy meets girl genre. Incredible music and dancing abound. And to top it all off, a 20 minute dance sequence to close it all off. Who could ask for anything more?
½ January 7, 2017
Wow! This movie was a big time musical. Some of the longest and most elaborate dance scenes Ive ever seen-altho well done, not my favorite thing to watch on a movie. There was also singing, many elaborate costume changes, and some very creative elements-like the daydreamed concert and the use of sets and still life actors in the background. Gene Kelly was definitely shining in this movie with talent and charm. That being said of a movie filled with a spectacular different dances and showmanship, this movie had little substance, character, or plot and was very predictable. I thought it would've been more interesting had he chose the rich older lady lol. Anyways not the worst way to spend a few hours, just classic old movie fun set in beautiful Paris.
½ December 22, 2016
An American in Paris is an arresting, vivid musical that's lack of substance and story is compensated by its undeniably style and charm. It is a stunning showcase for the splendor and spectacle of an old Hollywood studio, bursting with marvelous musical numbers, vibrant color and delightful energy. The vintage Paris backdrops are quaint and beautiful, including the smoky, bustling Jazz café and the romantic river walk. The costumes are colorful and minimalist, especially the black and white costumes at the New Year's party. And to add to the splendor of it all, the leads have charisma and easy chemistry. Gene Kelly is magnetic, especially when he sings and dances, and his lover is shy, yet stunning.

Beyond the vibrant visuals and appealing performances, the captivating dance scenes and classic Gershwin musical numbers are the sweetest moments in the film. The ballet scene at the beginning where Lisa poses in different dresses and colored sets, the amazing scene with Gene Kelly sings to all the French children in English and the extravagant mass dance sequence at the end that encompasses like 10 different sets and 200 dancers. It's all incredible.

It isn't perfect, though. The film is really light. The narrative is simple and harmless, focused on a struggling artist caught between two women and finally ending up with the one he loves (the fact that he and his acquaintance love the same woman is an interesting dynamic, though). The characters are very likable, but don't have much depth. The story doesn't have any weight or significance, it's just really fun. If you're looking for a film with a human story and intriguing ideas, this isn't it. An American in Paris is an old-fashioned musical designed to do little, but charm and entertain.
October 16, 2016
The musical numbers dragged and were sometimes unnecessary.
July 9, 2016
Vincente Minnelli's direction adds an adult touch to this groundbreaking MGM musical, one of the best ever produced; colorful production numbers include "Our Love Is Here to Stay," danced by Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron (in her film debut); Kelly's requisite "kids" number to "I Got Rhythm," and - of course - the twenty-minute balletic finale. Oscar winner for Best Picture and Screenplay, among others.
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