This charming and simple film stars Leslie Caron as Lili, a sad and lonely orphan who hooks up with a traveling carnival and falls in love with a womanizing magician (Jean-Pierre Aumont) and a crippled, embittered puppeteer (Mel Ferrer). The film could have easily been cloying but director Charles Walters moves the slight tale briskly and Caron never lets her character sink into bathos. But it is Bronislau Kaper‘s lilting score that keeps things humming along.
Kaper said his score for LILI was special because he got to write both the score, including ballet music, and all the songs. Plus, he liked the opportunity to compose music in which the dances had to be filmed to the music.With only one song and a couple of dance numbers, LILI is hardly a conventional musical and M-G-M had no great expectations for the film. As Kaper remembered it, “When it was completed and before I scored it, the film was considered unreleasable by many people at the studio.”
Oddly enough, the usually acerbic Page Cook wrote, “Kaper’s music lavishes the whole with a depth of poetry that not merely enhances…but inhabits it. The film’s elements of what is real and what is not real, and what are being more important than what we are judged to be, is given sublime realization in Kaper’s shimmering comprehension of Lili and the puppets.
Thanks to Caron’s endearing performance and Kaper’s delightful music, a classic was born. In 1961, LILI became the first film ever to be adapted into a Broadway musical. The stage version, called CARNIVAL, featured music and lyrics by Bob Merrill, and starred Anna Maria Alberghetti, James Mitchell as the magician, and Jerry Orbach as the puppeteer. ”As immodest as this may sound, my score became the life of the movie”, said Bronislau Kaper and he was absolutely right.
60 years after it swept the Oscars, Minnelli’s dazzling dance extravaganza returns to the screen with a new digitally restored print.Gene Kelly is at his toe-tapping best as Jerry Mulligan, a former GI who dreams of finding success as an artist. A chance encounter with shopgirl Lise (Leslie Caron), however, throws his life into a whirlwind of romantic roundabouts. Featuring the uplifting number, ‘I Got Rhythm’, and a spectacular ballet finale played out to Gershwin’s titular score, An American in Paris remains one of the finest examples of the musical form.
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An American in Paris is one of the greatest, most elegant, and most celebrated of M-G-M?s 50s musicals? (filmsite****).
Legendary producer Arthur Freed developed the film based on George Gershwin?s celebrated 1928 orchestral work, and assembled a
stellar team of talents to bring forth what would become a landmark film. With Alan Jay Lerner crafting an original screenplay
around the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, Vincente Minnelli directing and Gene Kelly starring (and choreographing) with
newcomer Leslie Caron, the results were, and still are, unforgettable. More than two dozen Gershwin songs are used throughout
the film, including such favorites as ?Love Is Here to Stay,? ?I Got Rhythm,? ??S Wonderful? and ?Embraceable You.? Add to this
a mix of lavish sets and costumes, tremendous Technicolor cinematography, a romantic love story and a climactic show-stopping
ballet, and you?ve got a film that easily captured six Oscar® wins (including Best Picture, Director and Music). An American in
Paris also holds the distinction of being the first musical to win a Golden Globe® Award for Best Motion Picture (Comedy or
Musical). The plot revolves around ex-GI Jerry Mulligan (Kelly), a struggling American painter in Paris, who is discovered by
an influential heiress (Nina Foch) with an interest in more than Jerry's art. Jerry in turn falls for Lise (Caron), a young
French girl already engaged to a cabaret singer. Jerry jokes, sings and dances with his best friend, an acerbic would-be
concert pianist (Oscar Levant), and romantic complications abound
On September 16, An American in Paris and Gigi, two glorious Best Picture Oscar®-winning 1950s classics from the crown jewel collection of M-G-M's Golden Age of Musicals, join the impressive roster of Warner Home Video's
Two-Disc Special Editions DVDs.
Celebrating the musical genre at its peak while magically evoking the joie de vivre of Paris, these two motion pictures captured an amazing 15 Academy Awards® including Best Picture. They also share an impressive pedigree that goes beyond Oscar®. Both films featured the lovely Leslie Caron as their leading lady, had Oscar®-winning screenplays by Alan Jay Lerner (My Fair Lady), were produced by Arthur Freed (Singin' in the Rain) and directed by Vincente Minnelli (Meet Me in St. Louis). With an assemblage of talent like that, it's no wonder that both films have been popular for more than a half-century.
Jack Larson talks about Leslie Caron at her star unveiling. Jack reads a special message from actor John Travolta for Leslie Caron. Make sure to check out www.celebritynation.tv video shot by curls93
Legendary actress Leslie Caron got her star unveiled. Listen to her speech and see the unveiling for yourself. Make sure to check out www.celebritynation.tv video was shot by curls93
Excutive producer of Law and Order Special Victims Unit talks about Leslie Caron at her star unveiling on December 8,2009. Check out www.celebritynation.tv video shot by curls93
American In Paris- OWN it on March 31st
An American in Paris is one of the greatest, most elegant, and most celebrated of M-G-M?s 50s musicals? (filmsite****). Legendary producer Arthur Freed developed the film based on George Gershwin?s celebrated 1928 orchestral work, and assembled a stellar team of talents to bring forth what would become a landmark film. With Alan Jay Lerner crafting an original screenplay around the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, Vincente Minnelli directing and Gene Kelly starring (and choreographing) with newcomer Leslie Caron, the results were, and still are, unforgettable. More than two dozen Gershwin songs are used throughout the film, including such favorites as ?Love Is Here to Stay,? ?I Got Rhythm,? ??S Wonderful? and ?Embraceable You.? Add to this a mix of lavish sets and costumes, tremendous Technicolor cinematography, a romantic love story and a climactic show-stopping ballet, and you?ve got a film that easily captured six Oscar® wins (including Best Picture, Director and Music). An American in Paris also holds the distinction of being the first musical to win a Golden Globe® Award for Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical). The plot revolves around ex-GI Jerry Mulligan (Kelly), a struggling American painter in Paris, who is discovered by an influential heiress (Nina Foch) with an interest in more than Jerry's art. Jerry in turn falls for Lise (Caron), a young French girl already engaged to a cabaret singer. Jerry jokes, sings and dances with his best friend, an acerbic would-be concert pianist (Oscar Levant), and romantic complications abound
With: Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Douglas Fairbanks,Jr., Deborah Kerr, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Bellamy.
Cary Grant was the very essence of a movie star: a man every woman loved and every man wanted to be. His deft comic style merged easily with his strength as a romantic leading man. But the suave exterior concealed a complex and often sensitive individual. Cary's painful journey from his lonely working-class beginnings to the peak of Hollywood royalty is made vivid through family photos, archival footage, clips from many of his films -- including his first, following his discovery by blond bombshell Mae West, starring role in She Done Him Wrong. Other movies include His Girl Friday, Notorious, An Affair To Remember, To Catch A Thief, North By Northwest, Charade, and more. Among friends and colleagues interviewed on-screen are Leslie Caron, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, Deborah Kerr, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Bellamy, Stanley Donen, Richard Brooks and Stanley Kramer. Narrated by Richard Kiley.
Song sung by Whitney Houston. A Tribute to classic musicals, featuring:
Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire
Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney
Nunca volvieron a bailar juntos. Pero cuando lo hicieron, en 1940, se escribió la mejor página de la historia del baile. Eleanor Powell y Fred Astaire parecían la sombra de cada uno. Él nunca tuvo una pareja más competitiva y perfecta. Ella era él. Aquí les vemos al son del Begin the Beguine, la inmortal melodía de Cole Porter. Comenta brevemente la escena Frank Sinatra.
Un seguidor de este canal opina que Rita Hayworth era mejor bailarina que Eleanor Powell, y que bordó la Bossa Nova junto a Fred Astaire.
Quiero, al hilo de esto, matizar varias cosas: Rita tenía buen tipo y bailaba muy dignamente, pero nunca fue una PROFESIONAL del baile como sí Eleanor Powell, quien, como Fred Astaire, Donald O'Connor, Ray Bolger, Gene Kelly, Vera-Ellen y otros grandes, se especializaron en ello. Cada cual en lo suyo. Es verdad que Fred sintió a Rita como su mejor pareja de baile, pero ella no puede competir con la maestría de la Powell en esta escena. Además, nunca bailaron la Bossa Nova juntos Fred y Rita, aunque se le haya puesto después esta melodía a alguna secuencia con ambos.
En realidad, Eleanor Powell no formó pareja con Fred Astaire. Solo bailaron juntos en esta ocasión. Puede que Fred la tuviera mucho respeto, dada la altísima perfección de ella. Además, Eleanor se retiró pronto del mundo del espectáculo para convertirse en señora de Glenn Ford. Estoy de acuerdo con que Astaire tuvo otras buenas parejas, la más elegante, sin duda, Cyd Charisse, maravilla clásica en sus piernas infinitas. Cyd venía de otro estilo, el ballet clásico, lo mismo que Leslie Caron (quien acompañó a Fred en "Papá piernas largas"), y eso aportaba mucha clase al ritmo de temas como "Bailando en la oscuridad" (Dancing in the Dark), de "The Band Wagon" (1953).
Montage of some of Hollywood's superstars and most beautiful actresses such as Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Ann Margret, Leslie Caron, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman and Lauren Bacall. Song Info: AND I LOVE HER was written by: Paul McCartney (65%), John Lennon (35%) (credited as Lennon-McCartney) Recorded: February 25-27, 1964 (Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios, London, England) Mixed: March 3, 1964; June 22, 1964 Length: 2:28 Takes: 21 Musicians: John Lennon: acoustic rhythm guitar (Gibson J160E) Paul McCartney: lead vocals (double-tracked), bass guitar (1961 Hofner 500/1) George Harrison: lead acoustic guitar (1950 Jose Ramirez classical), claves Ringo Starr: bongos
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Film Description: The most tempting of all sweets becomes the key weapon in a battle of sensual pleasure versus disciplined self-denial in this comedy. In 1959, a mysterious woman named Vianne (Juliette Binoche) moves with her young daughter into a small French village, where much of the community's activities are dominated by the local Catholic church. A few days after settling into town, Vianne opens up a confectionery shop across the street from the house of worship -- shortly after the beginning of Lent. While the townspeople are supposed to be abstaining from worldly pleasures, Vianne tempts them with unusual and delicious chocolate creations, using her expert touch to create just the right candy to break down each customer's resistance. With every passing day, more and more of Vianne's neighbors are succumbing to her sinfully delicious treats, but the Comte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina), the town's mayor, is not the least bit amused; he is eager to see Vianne run out of town before she leads the town into a deeper level of temptation. Vianne, however, is not to be swayed, and with the help of another new arrival in town, a handsome Irish Gypsy named Roux (Johnny Depp), she plans a "Grand Festival of Chocolate," to be held on Easter Sunday. Based on the novel by Joanne Harris, Chocolat features a distinguished supporting cast, including Judi Dench, Lena Olin, Carrie-Anne Moss, Peter Stormare, Hugh O'Conor, and Leslie Caron.
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From the movie An American in Paris - Directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, Nina Foch. Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an exuberant American expatriate in Paris trying to make a reputation as a painter. His friend Adam (Oscar Levant) is a struggling concert pianist who’s a long time associate of a famous French singer, Henri Baurel (Georges Guétary). A lonely society woman, Milo Roberts (Nina Foch) takes Jerry under her wing and supports him, but is interested in more than his art.
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From the movie Chocolat - Vianne (Juliette Binoche) tries to persuade Guillaume Bierot (John Wood) to buy a gift for Madame Audel (Leslie Caron).