October 23rd, 2008

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'S Wonderful

I've been watching all the movies that have won the Oscar for Best Picture. Next on my list was An American in Paris, the 1951 winner, directed by Vincente Minnelli (Liza's father), and starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Nina Foch and Georges Guétary.

The movie is a Technicolor explosion of sound and movement, full of joy and playfulness.

Before I share more thoughts on An American in Paris, though, a few words about the 1950 winner, All About Eve, which was written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starred Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders and Celeste Holm. It beat out Born Yesterday, Father of the Bride, King Solomon's Mines and Sunset Blvd.

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