An American in Paris (1951)

Cook, Pam (2007) An American in Paris (1951). In, Merck, Mandy (eds.) America First: Naming the Nation in US Film. Abingdon, UK, Routledge, 105-122.

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The chapter appears in a collection of original critical essays that explores how the US understands itself by looking in detail at films that nominate 'America' in their title. It investigates the historical, political and industrial context for the making of the 1951 MGM musical 'An American in Paris', linking it to America's perceived postwar mission to intervene in the future of Europe through such initiatives as the Marshall Plan. Focusing on visual design, it argues that the film manifests a profound ambivalence towards relations between America and France that undermines expectations of genre conventions.

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Additional Information: Focusing on visual design, the chapter explores the relationship of the 1951 MGM musical An American in Paris to its historical, political and industrial context, linking it to America's postwar mission to expand into Europe through such initiatives as the Marshall Plan.
ISBNs: 0415374960 (paperback)
9780415374965 (paperback)
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Keywords: national identity, visual design in film, genre, transnational relationships and cultural exchange, history and politics, the musical
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F001 United States local history
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Film Studies
ePrint ID: 49850
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February 2007Published
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:27

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