An American in Paris
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Gene Kelly does his patented Pal Joey bit as Jerry Mulligan, an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists" colony. He is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch), who becomes Jerry's patroness in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Jerry plays hookey on this setup by romancing waif-like Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron) -- who, unbeknownst to him, is the object of the affections of his close friend Henri (Georges Guetary), a popular nightclub performer. (The film was supposed to make Guetary into "the New Chevalier." It didn't.) The thinnish… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"Gene Kelly remains one of the best and brightest of the Golden Era musical stars and An American in Paris shows him in fine form."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"While not nearly the musical it's cracked up to be, this 1951 film is absolutely required viewing for anyone who wants to see the studio system (MGM style) at its gaudiest, most Byzantine height."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"It still looks pretty good today, with marvellous Technicolored design, athletic dancing from Kelly and a superb Gershwin score, but some sequences have dated."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"It's up there with the very best of Hollywood hoofers."
‑ James Mottram, Total Film
"It is a little sugary and theatrical and perhaps it has dated less well than other classic Hollywood musicals. But there is charm and a kind of willed American innocence."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A grand show -- a brilliant combination of Hollywood's opulence and technical wizardry with the kind of taste and creativeness that most high-budgeted musicals notoriously lack."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"A musical both ludicrously overpraised (especially in Hollywood) and underrated."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"...its defining trait is insistence."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Fresher than ever."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Unforgettable musical is great for parents and kids alike."
‑ Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
"One of the most imaginative musical confections turned out by Hollywood in years."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"...the picture takes on its glow of magic when Miss Caron is on the screen. When she isn't, it bumps along slowly as a patched-up, conventional musical show."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The Gershwin songs are magnificent, and the climactic ballet a tour de force that won the great Hungarian-born cameraman John Alton an Oscar."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Seven Oscars resulted in 1952, for once deserved."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"George Guetary's singing scenes should have been left on the cutting room floor, but Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron are mesmerizing, and Oscar Levant is amusing as Jerry's piano playing buddy."
‑ Cole Smithey,
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