An American in Paris

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1951. Archive of 33 vintage film still photographs from the 1951 film, including 31 mounted on stiff cardboard with three holes along the top edge, keybook style, and one mounted on stiff cardboard with no keybook holes. Also included is an oversize maquette featuring images of dancing couples and hand-painted illustrations of Parisian street life, presumably used in advertising campaigns for the film. Manuscript ink annotations on the versos, noting the film's title.

Inspired by George Gershwin’s 1928 jazz-influenced orchestral composition of the same name, and featuring a show-stopping 17-minute ballet choreographed to the piece, as well as a number of other Gershwin tunes, including the classics “Embraceable You,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “I Got Rhythm." Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Picture, and nominated for two others, including Best Director. Nominated for the Palme d’Or.

Photographs generally 9.25 x 7 inches, mounted on cardboard measuring 12 x 10 inches. Generally Very Good plus, with light edgewear and creasing overall, and several with tiny bruises along the edges.

Maquette measuring 14 x 10.5 inches. Very Good plus, with light toning along the edges and brief wear at the corners.

National Film Registry. Godard, Histoire(s) du cinema. Schrader 34.

[Book #156584]