An American in Paris (1951)

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June 27, 2012 by mamie

—5 STARS— 

Wow! ‘Sss wonderful! ‘Sss marvelous! C’est magnifique… très magnifique!!!

This movie has everything: wonderful music, wonderful story, wonderful actors, wonderful dancing, wonderful costumes, and wonderful scenery because, of course– they’re in Paris. When I was watching this movie, I couldn’t believe that I had never seen it before. It’s such a classic! During the movie, I kept thinking of my grandmother who was a gorgeous college student at the time the movie was made. At one part in the movie, Gene Kelly mentions American junior-year-abroaders in a sarcastic tone, and it made me laugh because my grandmother spent her junior year abroad in France!

I really did love the story! It made love seem so passionate, simple, and real. And boy! The whole ballet at the very end was a perfect visual representation of Gershwin’s music, in my opinion! It made me think of my amazing ballet teacher, Ms. Brenda, who choreographed a piece two years ago to Gershwin’s “Three Preludes” for me and my three other friends. The music is so abstract but approachable, at the same time. Kelly’s fantastic tappin’ around made me think of my teacher’s whimsical, casual side, and Caron’s gorgeous ballet skills reminded me of her elegant, thoughtful side. Everything about the movie was very touching, personal, and funny, too! Definitely watch it if you haven’t already. It’ll make you want to jump up, dance, sing, and dive right into the fifties!

Reminded me of: the movie The Red Shoes (1948), the book Pardon My French by Cathy Hapka, the book Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, my grandmother, my ballet teacher, my French teacher Mme. Porto


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