An American in Paris

Live set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard

Whether conducting a rudimentary English lesson for his arrondissements’ local school children or tidying up his microscopic attic apartment, Gene Kelly’s Jerry Mulligan leads a life so effortlessly infused with choreography, even his daydreams are set to song. Culminating in an elaborate, unprecedented, 17-minute dance number (price tag: nearly $5 million dollars in 2016), Vincente Minnelli’s An American in Paris also fashions the appropriate Siene-side stage for the on-screen debut of Leslie Caron (Gigi, Daddy Long Legs), who Kelly discovered in the Ballet des Champs Elysées and brought back stateside specifically for this picture. An immediately recognizable Gershwin songbook paired with the iconic set pieces of a classic Hollywood musical master and perfectly-integrated choreography from Kelly himself (not to mention the loveable sourpuss on Oscar Levant) make this a universally delightful watch, rich with the natural romanticism and swelling emotion of the City of Lights.

Dir. Vincente Minnelli, 1951, 35mm, 113 min.