Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1951 • United States
Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant
Gene Kelly, producer Arthur Freed, director Vincente Minnelli, and a skilled production team conjure an entertainment for the ages. Kelly plays an ex-GI who remains in Paris to pursue life as an artist and is discovered by a wealthy patroness interested in more than his art. Meanwhile, he falls for an alluring (but engaged) perfume-shop clerk (Leslie Caron in her beguiling screen debut). Dazzling dance sequences are spun around songs by George and Ira Gershwin. And the closing ballet—combining the title song, impressionist set stylings, and Kelly’s inimitable talent for telling a story in dance—lifts this winner of six Academy Awards, including best picture, into the ether of timelessness.