An American in Paris: Less talking, more dancing, please

This one had its high points, but most of it came out sort of limp to me. The singing was pretty good, and the tap routines were OK, but tap’s never really been my thing. The setting was good, hit all the obligatory post-war Paris concepts, but the characters never came alive to any real degree. Mostly, I wish there was a lot more good dancing. The final dance number was quite fantastic; if there’d been more of that sort, along with the brilliantly Gershwinian Gershwin backing it up, then we’d be talking. Honestly, it would have been a better movie if they’d lopped off, or at least condensed, the first hour, or broken it up with a good ensemble dance number or something.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.


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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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