An American in Paris CINEBRUNCH

By The Oaks Theater (other events)

Saturday, January 14 2012 10:00 AM 1:00 PM EST
On the second Saturday of each month, guests are invited to enjoy a delicious light brunch provided by Oakmont Bakery. The brunch begins at 10:00am. A brief introduction to each film is presented by The Oakmont Carnegie Library @ 11:00am and the film screening begins shortly after. Brunch tickets are on sale until 9pm the evening prior to the brunch.

An American in Paris

Gene Kelly does his patented Pal Joey bit as Jerry Mulligan, an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists" colony. He is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch), who becomes Jerry's patroness in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Jerry plays hookey on this setup by romancing waif-like Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron) -- who, unbeknownst to him, is the object of the affections of his close friend Henri (Georges Guetary), a popular nightclub performer. (The film was supposed to make Guetary into "the New Chevalier." It didn't.) The thinnish plot is held together by the superlative production numbers and by the recycling of several vintage George Gershwin tunes, including "I Got Rhythm," "'S Wonderful," and "Our Love Is Here to Stay." Highlights include Guetary's rendition of "Stairway to Paradise"; Oscar Levant's fantasy of conducting and performing Gershwin's "Concerto in F" (Levant also appears as every member of the orchestra); and the closing 17-minute "American in Paris" ballet, in which Kelly and Caron dance before lavish backgrounds based on the works of famed French artists.

1951/ NR/ 113 minutes