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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.
13 Jun 2012
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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.
28 Oct 2011
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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
13 Mar 2010
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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.
1 Feb 2010
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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
9 Dec 2009
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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
9 Dec 2009
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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
9 Dec 2009
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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
25 Sep 2009
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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.
30 Jul 2009
1977
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Song sung by Whitney Houston. A Tribute to classic musicals, featuring: Gene Kelly Rita Hayworth Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire James Cagney Cyd Charise Frank Sinatra Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney Leslie Caron Jerry Mouse
18 Mar 2009
1972
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