An American in Paris (BFI Film Classics)

By Sue Harris

An American in Paris (1951) used to be a landmark movie within the careers of Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. A joyous occasion of George Gershwin's song, French paintings, the great thing about dance and the fabled urban of sunshine, the movie used to be heralded as an extraordinary instance of leisure 'for mass and sophistication alike'. Choreographed by means of Kelly on the peak of his profession, it gave new stature to the Hollywood musical, and showcased as by no means sooner than the inventive ambition, technical talents, inventive mind's eye and collaborative ethos of MGM's pioneering Arthur Freed Unit.

Sue Harris attracts on archival fabric to track the film's improvement from perception to reveal. supplying new insights into the layout strategy specifically, she exhibits how An American in Paris validated the cinematic template for a urban with which Hollywood might turn into more and more infatuated within the a long time to follow.

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