Matthew Lickona 4:30 p.m., May 20
An American in Paris
The title encapsulates a recipe for pretension, culminating in an endless eighteen-minute "ballet." (A Gershwin musical score could not be expected to impose some restraint.) Vincente Minnelli would further overreach himself, in the same general direction, in Lust for Life. With Gene Kelly (dazzling dancing and choreography), Leslie Caron (her first film role), Oscar Levant, and Nina Foch. 1951.