Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance
Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.
The song "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" is the only one in the film that is presented as a show tune; the rest are all seamlessly integrated into the action. In the segment, Georges Guétary walks up a staircase adorned with showgirls whilst singing the number. Gene Kelly later said that probably the hardest thing he had to do in the film was teach Guetary how to climb steps while performing without tripping up. Another factor complicating the shooting of this sequence was the intensity of the studio lights which proved too hot for several of the showgirls who passed out.
This is Paris, and I'm an American who lives here. My name is Jerry Mulligan, and I'm an ex G.I. In 1945 when the army told me to find my own job, I stayed on. And I'll tell you why: I'm a painter, and all my life that's all I've ever wanted to do.
We see Adam in his studio three times. When we first see him, alone, he is playing a black baby grand. The second time, he is playing a brown baby grand upon which Jerry dances. In the third Adam studio sequence he is alone, again, playing the black grand. Perhaps the brown piano was fashioned to accommodate and withstand Jerry's dancing on it.
And Presenting The American In Paris Ballet
In 1995 a restored version was prepared for release on video/laserdisc, with the 18-minute ending ballet soundtrack reprocessed in stereo.
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