Vincente MinnelliUSA113 minutes1951ColourEnglish
Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Vincente Minnelli's enduring musical classic stars Gene Kelly as a former G.I. trying to make a living as a painter in the City of Lights. Chafing under the attention of the lonely society doyenne (Nina Foch) who has become his patron, the hapless artist falls instead for a young Frenchwoman (Leslie Caron), who is reluctantly engaged to the old family friend who protected her during the war. With a rich score of classic numbers by George and Ira Gershwin, including "I Got Rhythm" and "S'Wonderful," this lavish romp culminates in a groundbreaking, 16-minute-long ballet (mounted at the then astronomical cost of half a million dollars), which stands as "unquestionably the greatest set piece not only in Minnelli's career, but in the entire history of the film musical" (Jean-Pierre Coursodon).