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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Latest on DVD: Autumn in Paris

Two Academy Award winning Best Pictures are available today in new two-disc special editions, but the similarities don't end there. Both are MGM musicals starring Leslie Caron, directed by Vincente Minnelli, written by Alan Jay Lerner and produced by Arthur Freed.
  • An American in Paris- Caron made her cinematic debut in this Gershwin romance when Cyd Charisse had to bow out due to her pregnancy. Five other Oscars were bestowed upon it, plus a special one for its star, Gene Kelly.
  • Gigi- The first film to sweep the Oscars (winning nine for nine), Lerner was joined by his My Fair Lady collaborator Frederick Loewe on this one, based on the writings of Colette. Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier and a scene-stealing Hermione Gingold round out the cast.
Both DVDs boast remastered prints, and are loaded with extras, including new documentaries, outtakes, trailers, vintage shorts and cartoons. As the French say, "Très Magnifique!"

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1 comment:

  1. This is tough, but I am going to wait until next year when the Blu-ray is released to purchase these two.


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