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.
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