An American in Paris (1951)

Credit: www.cinemas-online.co.ukA singer, a painter, and a piano man: The first two fall in love with the same girl, and aside from the occasional Billy Joel reference, the piano man has no purpose whatsoever.

 

This film won a bunch of academy awards back in the day. The overall movie can be a bit slow, but most of the music is pretty “bon.”

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW:  There’s this part toward the end of the film where Gene Kelly dances in tight, flesh-colored clothing. I’m not sure how else to say this, but you may find the dance burger hard to appreciate due to the prominence of the buns.

Credit: www.silverscreenmodiste.comMany will go their grave clutching their hatred for 1950’s musicals, but even they have to admit that music in general can be very inspiring. And it’s impossible to watch this film without appreciating the gifts of George and Ira Gershwin, let alone the dancing that accompanies it.

I’m not exactly one to jump on an extra pair of ballet tickets, but I do think dancing is beautiful. We need more of it.

As my mother always used to say: The world would be a better place if we danced a little more and smoked pot a little less.*

“A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;” – Ecclesiastes 3:4

*My mom never actually said that. Not even once.

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