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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 pp. 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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Published date: February 2007
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.
Keywords: national identity, visual design in film, genre, transnational relationships and cultural exchange, history and politics, the musical


Local EPrints ID: 49850
ISBN: 0415374960
PURE UUID: c3e66508-990d-451c-939b-1474cbd549e4

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Date deposited: 05 Dec 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:54

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Author: Pam Cook
Editor: Mandy Merck

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