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An American in Paris (1951)

aka An American in Paris

"What a joy! It's M-G-M's Technicolor musical!"

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Details: 113 mins · English, Deutsch, French


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Small Jerry Mulligan
Small Lise Bouvier
Small Adam Cook
Small Henri Baurel
Small Milo Roberts


No_movie_poster Van Allen James Sound Editor
No_movie_poster Arthur Freed Producer
Small Vincente Minnelli Director
No_movie_poster Alan Jay Lerner Screenplay
No_movie_poster Douglas Shearer Recording Supervision
No_movie_poster Alan Jay Lerner Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Adrienne Fazan Editing


"What a joy! It's M-G-M's Technicolor musical!"

"What A Joy To See M·G·M's Technicolor Musical!"


American World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan is now an exuberant expatriate in Paris trying to make a reputation as a painter. His friend, Adam Cook, is a struggling concert pianist who is a longtime associate of a French singer, Henri Baurel. A lonely society woman, Milo Roberts, takes Jerry under her wing and supports him, but is more interested in Jerry than his art. Jerry remains oblivious to her feelings and falls in love with Lise Bouvier, a French girl he meets at a restaurant. Lise loves him as well but she is already in a relationship with Henri, to whom she feels indebted for keeping her safe during World War II. For most of the film Jerry is unaware of Lise's relationship with Henri.

In one of the film's many musical numbers, Adam humorously daydreams that he is performing Gershwin's Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra (3rd movement) for a gala audience in a concert hall. As the scene progresses, Adam is also revealed to be the conductor and every other member of the orchestra and even an enthusiastic audience member applauding himself at the end.

Eventually Jerry learns that Lise is in love with him but is marrying Henri the next day out of a sense of duty. He invites Milo to a masked ball that night. At the raucous masked ball, with everyone in black-and-white costumes, Milo learns from Adam that Jerry is not interested in her, and Henri overhears Jerry and Lise saying goodbye to each other. When Henri and Lise drive away, Jerry daydreams about being with her all over Paris to the tune of the George Gershwin composition An American in Paris. His reverie is broken by a car horn, the sound of Henri bringing Lise back to him. They embrace as the Gershwin composition (and the film) ends.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1951-11-11 : United States of America

DVD : 1999-04-27