"What a joy! It's M-G-M's Technicolor musical!"
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron
To coincide with Gene Kelly's 100th birthday this week, our first Something for the Weekend features An American In Paris, the 1951 movie musical.
Inspired by the 1928 composition by Gershwin, the plot isn't that interesting or relevant. What makes this film a classic are the iconic songs and dance routines. Tunes like I Got Rhythm, I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise, Our Love is Here to Stay and 'S Wonderful are all from this film, as is the aforementioned Gershwin composition as a spectacular 16-minute dance finale.
An American In Paris won six Oscars, including the one for Best Picture. Cyd Charisse was set to play the female lead until she discovered she was pregnant and newcomer Leslie Caron took her place. Gene Kelly, though he's not credited as such, actually directed many of the dance sequences himself.
Watch the trailer and get in the mood for something musical for the weekend!