An American In Paris

Theatrical Release: July 29, 1951
DVD Release: July 29, 1998
An American In Paris


A GI (Gene Kelly) stays in Paris after the war to become an artist, and has to choose between the patronage of a rich American woman (Nina Foch) and a French gamine (Leslie Caron) engaged to an older man. The plot is mostly an excuse for director Vincente Minnelli to pool his own extraordinary talent with those of choreographer-dancer-actor Kelly and the artists behind the screenplay, art direction, cinematography, and score. They create a rapturous musical not quite like anything else in cinema.

Dove Review

From the 1930s through the 1960s, musicals were a big part of entertainment on the big screen. Big celebrity names and wonderful music graced the films of the era. “An American in Paris” is one of the classics of that time with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron as the main characters who dance with ease to the wonderful music.

When watching the movies of the past, viewers have to remember that they are great pieces of art from eras gone by and that bring with them into a different time period. This film is a gem of a story set in the city of Paris after WWII where three friends decide to live and love. A true classic of its time. “An American in Paris” is very entertaining and we are proud to award it our Dove Family Approved Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: none
Sex: Couples kiss; girls dancing sexually; rich woman making a pass at man.
Language: none
Violence: none
Drugs: Scenes with people drinking beer, wine, etc; scene of a party where everyone seems to be drunk; people smoking cigarettes; man smoking a pipe.
Nudity: Cleavage; woman sexually dressed; woman dancing in a tutu; can-can dancers.
Other: Two men in love with same woman.


Company: Warner Brothers
Genre: Musical
Runtime: 113 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe