Starring: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron (in her debut), Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, Nina Foch
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Summary: An American artist falls in love in Paris but almost loses it due to conflicting loyalties
Other Nominations: Director, Original Screenplay*, Musical Score*, Color Art Direction*, Color Cinematography*, Color Costume Design*, Film Editing
-The movie looks fantastic, the color palette is fun and vibrant-this is a prototypical example of why Technicolor was so great, and this is one of the best.
-Gene Kelly is charming and as great a dancer as ever, while Caron is gorgeous is a slightly unconventional way. They make for great leads, at least from a physical standpoint.
-The score, especially the instrumental portions with George Gershwin music, is excellent
-Caron’s character is attractive and…not much else. Seriously, the movie itself keeps asking “what do you know about her?” and we never get an answer. Some of this movie needed to be from Caron’s perspective, with at least one song from her, because without it, she’s just kind of a sweet, pretty object who can dance instead of a real character with a definable personality that we can get invested in.
-The last number has a lot of good stuff in it, but it goes for 17 minutes and doesn’t advance the characters or plot in any way, it’s just a “we need a big impressive dance number with a bunch of scene and costume changes.”
Fun, vibrant musical that is good, but suffers from a weak female lead character and some pacing issues that crop up in the second half.