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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.
Super Reviewer
June 3, 2016
It's such a pleasure to see an actor have so much fun onscreen. Outrageously charming and supremely talented, one cannot help but admire the charisma and mastery Gene Kelly brings to the screen. You simply cannot take your eyes off the moments of artistic flourish, and there are many to behold. What a delightful movie!
April 15, 2016
This film is beloved by many, but it has yet to captivate me in spite of many viewings. The whole setup seems calculated, featuring a sort of non-plot cobbled together by Alan Jay Lerner. An American in Paris who is a struggling young artist has a wealthy patroness who wants more. His piano playing buddy Oscar Levant, whose charms have always escaped me, is on hand to crack wise. And then there is la petite gamine Leslie Caron, who may not be quite as charming as she thinks, along with a host of other colorful French characters. The Gershwin music is very American, so there's that. But there are so. . . many. . .dances. . . . The famous ballet in the style of many artists has always struck me as a pretentious and elongated interruption. For those who love la dance, this is your film, but it remains a little too impressionistic for me.
March 20, 2016
Much better than I expected. Gene Kelly is one of the few actors in history that can pull off dancing in a film and still come across as cool. The film has some mildly funny moments and is quite untypical of musicals at the time; it has some catchy songs and some nice orginal set designs.
½ March 9, 2016
With such disappointments as "The Broadway Melody" and "The Great Ziegfeld," it was about time the Academy awarded a worthy musical.
February 18, 2016
Worth it just to see those saturated 1950's color tones! The star power of Kelly, Caron and the classic Gershwin tunes make this a must for any film fan.
January 13, 2016
Dance scene at the end is amazing
August 1, 2015
Couldn't get through the first 20 minutes- every introduced themselves the exact same way (which got old after the second introduction). I had to turn it off after the one guy was describing his girl friend in the vaguest way possible, questioning to myself "Is there a point to this?" I hope if I ever get to see the stage adaptation that's recently been on Broadway, I hope it's much better
July 6, 2015
Beautiful film, loved it!
July 1, 2015
The spectacle outdoes the story by leaps and bounds.
½ June 14, 2015
I just couldn't get into this musical. The storyline and much of the acting is ordinary, and there is little charisma. The one redeeming feature is Gene Kelly. His acting, dancing, singing and charm steal the show. AAW. 1001
½ June 7, 2015
Brilliant Show.
Great Dancing Singing Acting, especially by the always effervescent Gene Kelly.
A bit plain on story, but it's all about the dance numbers and the classic songs.

If you want a great story with all the high flying fun of Kelly, see Singin In The Rain, but this is a close second..

4.5 out of 5 grinning strut walks
May 19, 2015
A joyful musical with a not surprisingly charming performance from Gene Kelly. Great costumes and music throughout ending with a magnificent finale with outstanding cinematography, art direction, and choreography
½ May 17, 2015
Takes a bit too long to get going and the musical numbers often simply stop the action, but the second half is very enjoyable and the ending musical sequence is of course fantastic.
May 16, 2015
The setting, the art, the colors, and the choreography are gorgeous, culminating in an epic dance number at the end of the movie that will forever be a classic.

The problem is that all of this beauty exists in a movie that has disturbing things to say about women. This starts with the character Milo Roberts, played by Nina Foch. She is the villain of the movie, according to the men, but by modern sensibilities never comes across as villainous at all. The male characters take her to task for showing at patron's and romantic interest in the artist Jerry Mulligan, played by Gene Kelly. A particularly harsh verbal attack at a wild party that leads into the final dance number suggests she is a vile predator, despite her being age-appropriate for the late-30s Gene Kelly.

Contrast that appropriateness with Mulligan's pursuit of the 19-year old Lise Bouvier, played by Leslie Caron. He stalks her despite her discomfort and then her verbal requests for him to stop being inappropriate. Perhaps his character is supposed to be much younger than Gene Kelly was at the time, but the nearly 20-year difference between the two is obvious. The storyline parallels Kelly's real life discovery an patronage of Caron, and today it is shocking that this is considered just fine when it is an older man helping a young woman, but a scandal when it is an older woman helping a similarly-aged man.

The plot concerns a four-way triangle and ends with a disturbing scene that suggests Lise is an object to be handed between men at their digression. She is not the one who gets to make the choice.

The music and the dancing are, of course, absolutely wonderful and the only reason I give this three stars. Another highlight is Oscar Levant's orchestral fantasy, complete with him at every instrument. It is unclear, though, what purpose his character actually serves. He becomes aware of the various romantic entanglements, but doesn't do or say anything about it except condemn Roberts. By the end of the movie he has had no character arc and there are not hints about what will happen with him and his music. Like Roberts, his character is dropped before the final number, without resolution.
½ April 12, 2015
Both leads are wonderful and that final number is outstanding (if a little long). A beautiful score adds to it's charm.
April 6, 2015
Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron and Oscar Levant. Beautiful and lively musical features Kelly as an American painter living in post-WWII Paris, whose carefree life is disrupted when he falls in love with Leslie Caron (in her breakout performance). The highlight is the long ballet sequence set to the title Gershwin piece. Levant is along for good measure as Kelly's hypochondriac piano-playing buddy. Directed by Vincente Minnelli.
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