An American in Paris

An American in Paris

Déjà Vu: Film & Theater Matinées

Saturday, February 1 at 1:30 p.m.
$5 Students / $7 Members / $10 Non-Members
54 W. Chicago Avenue · Walk-ins are welcomed

An American in Paris by Vincente Minnelli (USA, 1951, 113 min.)

Set in a post-World War II Paris, Gene Kelly is a GI that chose to stay behind and become a painter. While living the artist’s life, in Montmartre and paying with paintings for his meals, he falls in love with his friend’s girlfriend, the talented Leslie Caron. Dances numbers revolving around the love for art, food and bohemian lifestyle follows. 

The film benefits from a vibrant Technicolor cinematography for which he won the academy award in 1951, alongside 5 more Oscars and the Golden Globe for best motion picture. The film climaxes with an exceptional ballet on Gerswhin’s an American in Paris suite that mirrors the styles of famous representations of the City of Lights.  

Reputed to be Gene Kelly’s personal favorite film, Vincente Minnelli’s Best Picture winner is the classic MGM musical.

“It's as much a celebration of being in love with the city as it is a celebration of being in love with the girl.” -


Déjà Vu: Film & Theater Matinées

Classic films and great theater performances on Saturday afternoons – what’s not to love?

Amélie, The Artist, Intouchable… You’ve already seen these French classics, but you loved them so much you want to see them again and share them with your family and friends – here’s your chance!

La Comédie Francaise is the best theater ensemble in the world. Enjoy Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo and Britannicus by Racine – on film, as if you were in Salle Richelieu. On vous attend!


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Twelve-hour parking $9 at a nearby location with validation available at our front desk. All the information here.  


*Students with ID, and currently enrolled AF students