By Sue Harris
From Amazon: "An American in Paris (1951) was once a landmark movie within the careers of Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. A joyous occasion of George Gershwin's tune, French paintings, the wonderful thing about dance and the fabled urban of sunshine, the movie used to be heralded as an extraordinary instance of leisure 'for mass and sophistication alike'. Choreographed by means of Kelly on the top of his occupation, it gave new stature to the Hollywood musical, and showcased as by no means ahead of the inventive ambition, technical talents, artistic mind's eye and collaborative ethos of MGM's pioneering Arthur Freed Unit. Sue Harris attracts on archival fabric to track the film's improvement from notion to reveal. delivering new insights into the layout technique specifically, she exhibits how An American in Paris tested the cinematic template for a urban with which Hollywood might develop into more and more infatuated within the a long time to follow."
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I suspect that it is in their kitchens and not in their Churches, that their reformation must be worked. Parisian chefs, Jefferson felt certain, could do more good for the English than missionaries “endeavoring] to tame them by precepts of religion or philosophy”6 Marc, the butler in the main house, had responsibility for five large rooms on the first floor as well as Jefferson’s office suite, three main bedrooms, and secondary rooms upstairs. His stewardship was assisted by Sansón, a valet de chambre filling in for Adrienne Petit, and the frotteur Saget.
This is all we are as yet ready to receive. Jefferson feared that Spain’s weakness in the Mississippi Valley encouraged British expansion from Canada and tempted the French to reenter the continent from the Caribbean—and these fears had substance. The British still held forts around the Great Lakes that they had agreed to surrender after the American Revolution, and British fur traders and merchants plied the rivers of North America with little regard for boundary lines in the forest. And there were Frenchmen who dreamt of regaining Louisiana, and who kept that dream alive in confidential memoranda to Louis XVI and his ministers.
Frederick himself, in the first year of his reign, had attacked Austria on such an occasion, and Jefferson presumed that his death (which finally occurred in August 1786 at the age of seventy-four) might force another violent realignment among the great powers. Europe’s other enlightened despots—Catherine the Great in Moscow, Joseph II in Vienna, Gustav III in Stockholm, and Carlos III in Madrid—as well as the constitutional monarch George III in London and the relative royal newcomer, Louis XVI at Versailles, were equally alert for news.
An American in Paris (BFI Film Classics) by Sue Harris