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Category: Drama, Music/Musical, RomanceNotable as: MusicalSub-Category: Musical, Romance FilmNarrative location: ParisRuntime: 108 - 115 minutesLanguage: English, French, GermanCountry: United StatesDirector: Vincente MinnelliScreenwriter: Alan Jay LernerMusic: Saul ChaplinCinematography: Alfred Gilks, John AltonStars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, Nina Foch, Madge Blake, Anna Q. Nilsson, Eugene Borden, Susan CummingsProducer: Arthur Freed, Roger EdensStudio: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAwards won: Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color (Alfred Gilks, John Alton)
Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Color (Orry-Kelly)
Academy Award for Best Original Musical Score (Saul Chaplin)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Arthur Freed)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Alan Jay Lerner)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Director (Vincente Minnelli)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Adrienne Fazan)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and Nina Foch, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner. The music is by George Gershwin, with lyrics by his brother Ira, with additional music by Saul Chaplin, the music director. The story of the film is interspersed with dance numbers choreographed by Gene Kelly and set to Gershwin's music. Songs and music include "I Got Rhythm", "I'll Build A Stairway to Paradise", " 'S Wonderful", and "Our Love is Here to Stay". The climax of the film is "The American in Paris" ballet, a 16 minute dance featuring Kelly and Caron set to Gershwin's An American in Paris. The ballet alone cost more than $500,000.

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