An American In Paris (U)

Starring: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant
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The Independent Culture

There's nothing effete about Gene Kelly's artist abroad in An American in Paris. He's the archetypal yank, brash and muscular, especially when courting Leslie Caron.

Vincente Minnelli's Technicolor musical, re-released in a gorgeous restoration, is fresher than ever. The 17-minute ballet climax reheats stereotypes about bohemian Paris but the reckless energy of both director and star invigorates the sequence.