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An American in Paris is one of the greatest and most celebrated musicals in the world today. This musical was inspired by George Gershwin. It has lavish sets and costumes and a romantic love story set with music and dance. It is an integrated musical in the sense that both songs and dances are merged perfectly well alongside with a story that gives it a fine and appealing taste to the public. Among those stirring in the musical film include Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron and Oscar Levant. The setting of this musical is Paris. The musical lyrics were originally done by Gershwins brother Ira with additional music by Saul Chaplin who is the musical director (Berardinelli par.1).
The stories in the film are interspersed by dances and songs which make it more entertaining and enjoyable to watch. Musical songs in the film include “Our Love is Here to Stay”, “I got Rhythm”, “I will build a Stairway to Paradise” among others (Berardinelli, par. 3). The climax of the film is at a15 minutes dance featuring Kelly and Caron which sets the stage for the entire piece before concluding.
Although the film is entertaining, the type of dance and songs portrays gross immorality of characters in the film. For instance, Gene Kelly dances and sings on the floor engaging a minor in a romantic manner in a similar way to a Hollywood gay paree. Moreover, the manner in which he approaches the youthful Miss Caron on the floor as the movie concludes is punctuated with scenes that may not be suitable for certain audience such as minors. The irresponsible behavior demonstrated by characters in the musical film makes the rendition less suitable for general family viewing and it calls for parental guidance.
Mr. Kelly song and dance “I got a rhythm” with a group of children’s (Berardinelli par. 7) together with Mr. Levant performance were all coincidental since they were never planned except that children merely went on stage to enjoy the dance in the concert. Some songs and dances can be done away with in the film since they do not play a major role in the entire production and narration of the film. For instance, the song “I’ll Build Stairway to Paradise” and “S Wonderful” can be eliminated from the film because they have a thin content and are meant to fill the empty script of the film (Berardinelli par. 8).
Berardinelli, James. An American in Paris: Reelview. 2011. Web.