Nearly 65 years late and it still shines
Shuffle Festival is an annual event which aims to build a more integrated community presence through art, comedy, music, food and film. Taking place in Cantrell Field, tonight's screening is the 1951 musical, An American In Paris, staring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron and Oscar Levant. Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However, things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman - quelle horreur. Nearly 65 years after it swept the Oscars, An American In Paris still shines. Expect superlative production numbers and several vintage George Gershwin tunes all topped off by a 17-minute ballet, in which Kelly and Caron dance before lavish backgrounds based on the works of famed French artists. Following this are a selection of the Shuffle Film Festival short film finalists. "There is charm and a kind of willed American innocence" – The Guardian "It still looks pretty good today, with marvellous Technicolored design, athletic dancing from Kelly and a superb Gershwin score." – Radio Times Certificate: U. Runtime: 1 hour 49 minutes.
"One of the great MGM musicals."