An American in Paris

Directed by Vincente Minnelli
  • USA
  • 1hr 54mins
  • 1951

Gene Kelly’s and Leslie Caron’s onscreen charisma, the classic songs of George and Ira Gershwin and Vincente Minnelli’s confident directorial work combined to make this joyous film a six-Oscar winner, including for Cedric Gibbons’ design work. Kelly’s Jerry, an American painter living among Paris’s artistic set, romances two different women in this musical which showcases MGM’s and Hollywood’s sense of opulence at its very height. The climax of the film, a lengthy and delightful ballet sequence, demands to be seen on the big screen.

THIS CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS PARISIAN WAS SHOT AT THE MGM STUDIOS IN CALIFORNIA WHERE GIBBON’S DESIGNED 44 GLORIOUS SETS.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director

Gene Kelly
Leslie Caron
Oscar Levant

Won Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color at the 1952 Academy Awards, USA