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Grand Rapids Symphony screening 'An American in Paris'

November 7, 2017
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The Grand Rapids Symphony is performing during screenings of “An American in Paris” this weekend.

The romantic love story made its debut in 1951 surrounded by symphonic music, dance and fine art.

It will be screened on Nov. 10-12 at DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids, at 303 Monroe Ave. NW.

The screening begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The entire movie will be shown on a 40-foot screen, while the Grand Rapids Symphony plays the film score with the music of George Gershwin.

The film has inspired numerous movies, including the award-winning “La La Land,” which was a 2016 box-office hit.

“An American in Paris” stars Gene Kelly and Lesile Caron. In the film, the character “Jerry,” played by Kelly, is an ex-G.I. in Paris, attempting to become a successful painter, while falling in love with “Lise,” played by Leslie Caron, a shop girl in the City of Light.

As Paris was dealing with the aftermath of WWII, the film helped to spur “optimism and excitement" and "revive the transcendent beauty of Paris" with the “rhythmic punch of George Gershwin’s music,” according to the symphony.

The film won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1952.

People can buy tickets for the screenings online.

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