An American in Paris (1951)

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.    An American in Paris (1951)
Movies That Matter: The Sequel
Sunday, February 16, 2014
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The most famous movie about Paris was shot in Culver City, California. Indeed, An American in Paris sums up Hollywood in its Golden Era: Why bother with the real and true when the make-believe is so much more satisfying? This joyous celebration of music and dance ultimately becomes high art when, in its audacious final 16 minutes, it delivers a dazzling wordless ballet that brought out the best in choreographer/star Gene Kelly and director Vincente Minnelli.


Movies That Matter – The Sequel continues with screenings of great films with opening and closing remarks by former Kansas City Star film critic Robert W. Butler (now a member of the Library’s Public Affairs staff).

Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 29, 2013  The Grand Illusion (France; 1937)

Oct. 27, 2013    The Bride of Frankenstein (USA; 1935)

Nov. 17, 2013    Breathless (France; 1960)

Dec. 1, 2013      Pinocchio (USA; 1940)

Jan. 19, 2014     Sunrise (USA; 1928)

Feb. 16, 2014    An American in Paris (USA; 1951)

Mar. 9, 2014      The Grapes of Wrath (USA; 1940)

Apr. 27, 2014    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (USA; 1948)

May 18, 2014    The Lady Eve (USA; 1941)

Jun. 1, 2014      The Adventures of Robin Hood (USA; 1938)