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Our next Memory Matinees screening is An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition An American in Paris by George Gershwin. Starring Gene KellyLeslie CaronOscar LevantGeorges Guétary, and Nina Foch, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner. The music is by George Gershwin, with lyrics by his brother Ira, with additional music by Saul Chaplin, the music director.

The story of the film is interspersed with dance numbers choreographed by Gene Kelly and set to Gershwin’s music. Songs and music include “I Got Rhythm“, “I’ll Build A Stairway to Paradise“, “‘S Wonderful“, and “Love Is Here to Stay“. The climax of the film is “The American in Paris” ballet, a 17-minute dance featuring Kelly and Caron set to Gershwin’s An American in Paris. The ballet sequence cost almost half a million dollars to shoot.

An American in Paris was an enormous success, garnering eight Academy Award nominations and winning six, as well as earning other industry honors.

 

Made in 1951//directed by Vincente Minnelli//113 minutes

Doors open 10am Film starts 11am

 

Memory matinees film screenings have been designed to be inclusive to those living with dementia, as well as family members and carers.  Everyone is welcome to attend these events and tickets are free.