"An American in Paris" (1951)
Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman. - "An American in Paris" is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition "An American in Paris" by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and Nina Foch, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner. The music is by George Gershwin, with lyrics by his brother Ira, with additional music by Saul Chaplin, the music director.
The story of the film is interspersed with dance numbers choreographed by Gene Kelly and set to Gershwin's music. Songs and music include "I Got Rhythm", "I'll Build A Stairway to Paradise", " 'S Wonderful", and "Love Is Here to Stay". The climax of the film is "The American in Paris" ballet, a 17-minute dance featuring Kelly and Caron set to Gershwin's "An American in Paris". The ballet sequence cost almost half a million dollars to shoot."
Genre': Drama, Musical, Romance
Release date: November 11, 1951
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Story & Screenplay by: Alan Jay Lerner
Based on: The orchestral composition "An American in Paris" by George Gershwin
Music: George Gershwin / Lyrics: Ira Gershwin
Musical Direction: Johnny Green, Saul Chaplin
Choreography by: Gene Kelly
Cinematography: Alfred Gilks / Ballet: John Alton
Edited by: Adrienne Fazan
Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, Nina Foch
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
* © 1951 Warner Bros. Ent.