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Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2012

Nov 11, 2012
6:45 p.m.

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Houston, TX 77030

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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Produced by Arthur Freed
Cinematography by Alfred Gilks and John Alton
Written by Alan Jay Lerner
Editing by Adrienne Fazan
Music by George and Ira Gershwin
Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Nina Foch

Houston Cinema Arts Festival returns to Miller in 2012 with a screening in celebration of Gene Kelly’s 100th birthday.

In 1952, An American in Paris, which Kelly starred in and choreographed, won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Screenplay, Musical Score, Costume Design, Cinematography, and Art Direction.  The same year, Kelly received an Honorary Award (his only Oscar) for "his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film."

An American in Paris is filled with music and lyrics composed by George and Ira Gershwin, including “I Got Rhythm” and “’S Wonderful.” The film’s legendary climax is a 16-minute ballet danced by Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron to George Gershwin’s 1928 orchestral composition, “An American in Paris.” Kelly, noted for his athletic style of dancing, is widely credited for making ballet commercially appealing to Hollywood movie audiences.

Kelly plays Jerry Mulligan, an American World War II veteran living in Paris and trying to succeed as a painter. He is the kept man of society woman Milo Roberts (Nina Foch), the best friend of struggling concert pianist Adam (Oscar Levant), and the suitor of Lise (Leslie Caron, in her screen debut), who is unfortunately engaged to Henri (Georges Guétary). In such a difficult situation, one’s best recourse is to sing and dance, in glorious color.

About the Festival

Houston Cinema Arts Festival  is devoted to films by and about artists in the visual, performing and literary arts. The 2012 Festival program will involve collaborations among many of Houston’s extraordinary film and arts institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Aurora Picture Show, Asia Society, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Sundance Cinemas, Miller Outdoor Theatre and Project Row Houses. 

The Festival is a vibrant multimedia arts event that breaks out of the confines of the movie theater through live music and film performances, outdoor projections, and more.

Produced by Houston Cinema Arts Society

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