An American In Paris
Gene Kelly & Leslie Caron
A winner of six Oscars including Best Picture.
Gene Kelly plays Jerry Mulligan, a former American GI trying to make a living in France as an artist after the war. He's taken on by an American patron of the arts (Nina Foch) who has other intentions, but he falls in love with a local girl (Leslie Caron in her debut) who happens to be the intended of a Parisian cabaret performer (Georges Guetary). It is an elaborate showcase of Kelly's dancing and choreography, he received an honorary Oscar that year for it.
I have to admit that I usually prefer Fred Astaire to Gene Kelly, but.... I really enjoyed this movie!
The dancing is lovely, the costumes are gorgeous, the acting is good, the setting is Paris need I say more? I like old musicals and this is one of the better ones I have seen. No opera-voice-wannabe's here, just good old fashioned American tap dancing and music. If you want to settle down for an evening of good old fashioned musical fun than this is the movie for you.... Hey, the guy even gets the girl in the end ;)
Gene Kelly ... Jerry Mulligan
Leslie Caron ... Lise Bouvier
Oscar Levant ... Adam Cook Georges Guétary ...
Georges Guétary ... Henri Baurel
Nina Foch ... Milo Roberts
The American In Paris Ballet ... Ballet Dancers
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA (studio)
Paris, France (second unit exterior photography)
Golden Globe (1952)
Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy
It received several more awards and nominations.