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by Danny Baldwin

The fifteen-minute-plus dance sequence at the end of "An American in Paris" is an overwhelmingly impressive formal feast of color, composition, and choreography, but equally impressive is the way director Vincente Minnelli wordlessly stages the film's core romance around it. Jerry (Gene Kelly) and Lise's (Leslie Caron's) relationship is thrust into doubt preceding the dance sequence, until they reunite in the final scene. Without a single piece of dialogue, only the raw emotion of the performances and the bravura of their steps-centered embrace guide the film's conclusion.

American in Paris, An (Minnelli, 1951) — Wordless Finale

The wordless reunion of lovers following the spectacular dance finale in "An American in Paris."

from An American in Paris (1951)
Creator: Vincente Minnelli
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Posted by Danny Baldwin