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An American in Paris (Two-Disc Special Edition)

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An American in Paris

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
114 minutes
performer:
Leslie Caron, Gene Kelly, Nina Foch, Georges Guetary, Oscar Levant
director:
Vincente Minnelli
distributor:
MGM
author:
Alan Jay Lerner
genre:
musical

We gave it an A-

Director Vincente Minnelli’s mother hailed from a clan named Le Beau, which may explain his gift for celebrating Gallic culture. Despite the inescapable fakery of his An American in Paris ā€” shot almost entirely on California sets and backlots ā€” there’s tremendous visual wit in its love-letter visions of post-WWII expatriate-artist patronage. (Never mind that beefy dance genius Kelly makes one unlikely painter.) Gigi, the story of a girl (the delightful Caron) saved from de facto prostitution by true love, is an even more scrumptious Parisian valentine, since it’s garnished with lots of actual locations. Buyer beware: The docs and commentaries are smart and well researched, but these remastered transfers should look and sound better in high-def Blu-ray next year. A-

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