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'American' maintains romantic energy nearly 50 years later

Pair of stores on East Liberty St.

By Kristin Long
Daily Arts Writer
In an age when the cinematic musi-
cal is most frequently deemed outdat-
ed and passe, the timeless 1951 classic
"An American in Paris," takes us back
to the time when song and dance
reigned over the silver screen.
The musical, starring the extremely
classy Gene Kelly and directed by
Vincente Minnelli, won five Academy

Awards that year, including Best Picture
and Best Writing, as well as a special
mention to Kelly for his work in the
film's choreography. It is, without a
question, a classic beyond compare.
Kelly stars as Jerry Mulligan, a
"starving" artist only looking to make
an honest living - and if he stumbles
upon love along the way, life's all the
better.
Jerry's the kind of character we'd

love to know and have around for a
laugh or two. He and his buddy Adam
Cook (Oscar Levant) have made Paris
their temporary home and have adapt-
ed to the Parisian lifestyle. Jerry just
can't seem to leave, and Adam contin-
ues to receive fellowships there for his
musical talents - they're trapped by
their own love for the city.
The heart of the story, though, is
about Jerry's adventures with women.

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While trying to sell some of his paint-
ings, he encounters a well-to-do
woman, Milo Roberts
(Nina Foch), whose
wealth and fortune
supersede any endear-
ing qualities that she
might possess. She is
captured by his looks kA 4
and personality, but
unfortunately for her
the passion is less than
mutual. We never really
get to know her for any-
thing other than her
money and her desire to
lure Jerry, but we do
feel sorry that she has
no chance with the
whimsical chap.x
It all changes when
the hero meets Lise
Bourvier (Leslie
Caron). He becomes
enchanted by her beauty and mystery,
but she wants nothing to do with him
because she is attached to esteemed
entertainer Henri Baurel (Georges
Guetray) - who, through brilliant use
of dramatic irony, we know to be a
friend of Adam and an acquaintance of
Jerry.
What ensues is a incredibly romantic
musical comedy about life, love and let-
ting go. Lise and Jerry come from two
different worlds - she has her famous
partner and he has his sponsor and des-
perate lover. But they long for each other.

In one of the film's most beautiful
scenes, Jerry serenades Lise on the
bank of the Seine to
"Our Love is Here to
Stay." Their intimate
moments give us rea-
son to believe that cer-
tain things only happen
- in the movies, but also
give us dreams thatsone
day such events happen
y in real life too.
The story is based
x around many Gershwin
classics, which add
color and character,
putting this cinematic
masterpiece into a
realm of its own.
Kelly, too, is amaz-
ing in his own right.
Some have said that
Kelly was the working-
man's dancer, in his
shirt-sleeves and pullovers, whereas
Fred Astair was the upper-class repre-
sentative. This is certainly evident
here, as Kelly's personality is not only
endearing, but also (save the musical
aspects) somewhat identifiable.
"An American In Paris" is the classic
love story at its finest. Throw in tremen-
dous comic relief by Levant, the average-
Joe-with-a-touch-of-class style of Kelly
and the dynamism of Caron and the result
is a tremendous film that is worth the trip
to the video store and even membership in
one's own video library.

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BOOKS
Continued from Page 45
book collectors all across the country
- we even deal with large book dealers
like Amazon.com."
Sweeney said the -Border's loca-
tion change has only served to
increasethe loads of customers
flocking to David's as Border's
shoppers are referred to there to
track down out-of-print books.
Ann Arbor native and LSA first-
year student Amy Kimball said the
1994 Borders location change was a
drastic improvement for Border's as
well.
"It has a completely different
atmosphere. The music and the cafe
really add a lot," Kimball said.
Devotees of Ann Arbor Borders
will have a second option to go to in
April. A smaller store is to open in
Arborland, located on Washtenaw
and U.S. 23.
The store, continuing with the tra-
dition of its sister store, will intro-
duce new, experimental concepts in
the book business. A prominent fea-
ture of: this location will be "Paper
Chase" - a British company
Borders recently bought, which
sells a variety of paper and sta-
tionery goods.
Sweeney said there are no plans
to expand David's Book's to other
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The interior of Border's has grown since the store moved to Its East Liberty location.

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are students on campus there will
always be a market for used books.
"People have discovered they can
bring in their syllabi at the begin-
ning of every term and find the
books they need for much cheaper
than in the normal places," Sweeney
said. "But come early - once two
or three students in the same class
come in and show me their syllabus
we start to run out of the harder-to-
find books,"said Sweeney.

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