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An American in Paris is a 1951 musical film inspired by the 1928 classical composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, and Oscar Levant, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner. The choreography is by Gene Kelly. All the music is by George Gershwin, the lyrics by his brother Ira. The climax is "The American in Paris" ballet, an 18 minute dance featuring Kelly and Caron set to Gershwin's An American in Paris. The ballet alone cost more than half a million dollars, a staggering sum in those days.


Jerry Mulligan (Kelly) is an exuberant American expatriate trying to make a living in Paris as a painter. His friend Adam (Levant) is a struggling pianist who's a long time associate of a famous singer, Henri Baurel (Georges Guétary). A lonely society woman (Nina Foch) takes Jerry under her wing and supports him, only to have Jerry fall for Lise (Leslie Caron), a French girl he meets at a restaurant. Lise loves him as well, but she is already in a relationship with Henri, whom she feels indebted to for having saved her family during World War II. The plot is interspersed with showstopping dance numbers choreographed by Gene Kelly and set to popular Gershwin tunes. Songs and music include "I Got Rhythm," "I'll Build A Stairway to Paradise," "'S Wonderful," "Our Love is Here to Stay".


  1. "Our Love Is Here to Stay"
  2. "By Strauss"
  3. "Tra-la-la (this time is really love)"
  4. "I Got Rhythm" (performed by Gene Kelly)
  5. "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" (sung by Georges Guétary)
  6. "'S Wonderful" (sung by Gene Kelly and Georges Guétary, danced by Gene Kelly)
  7. "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (sung by Georges Guétary)
  8. "Embraceable You" (danced by Leslie Caron)
  9. "An American in Paris Ballet" (danced by Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron and ensemble)
  10. "Strike Up the Band"
  11. "Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra" (played by Oscar Levant and The MGM Symphony Orchestra)

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