Gerry (Gene Kelly) is an American expatriate painter in post-WWII Paris. Struggling to find success in both art and love, his life is turned upside down when he meets and falls in love with Lise (Leslie Caron). This lavish musical won the Best Picture Oscar in 1951 with its straightforward story, gorgeous dance sequences, and beautiful, frequently melancholic Gershwin score.
Gene Kelly just can't get enough of France in Vincente Minnelli's musical. Kelly's character, a young painter from the United States who lives above a sidewalk cafe, finds himself involved with two women: the young Leslie Caron and the sophiscated Nina Foch, who wants to be his patron and probably more. But who needs a plot? Kelly's and Caron's dance numbers, the scenery and that gorgeous Gershwin music are enough.
1951-10-05 | BOSLEY CROWTHER | Read the New York Times Review of An American in Paris