Monday, August 01, 2016

An American in Paris

 An American in Paris is a fun musical full of exuberant song and dance set to an exclusively Gershwin score. It stars the dynamic dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer Gene Kelly alongside impressively flexible Leslie Caron, who has a contagious ear-to-ear smile.
 The 17 minute ballet at the end of the film is the real stunner, as it brings to life the art of Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Utrillo, Rousseau, and Dufy in rhythm and vivacious sets and costumes.
 This storefront is so delightfully masculine, as was Gene Kelly's style of dance.
Notice all the vibrant stripes used against the simple leaf shapes.
 Gene Kelly even transforms into Toulouse-Lautrec's Chocolat in a hilariously wiggly dance!
 It is a riot of colour.

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