AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
1951, Warner Brothers, 115 min, Dir: Vincente Minnelli

Director Vincente Minnelli’s most popular musical and 1951’s Oscar Best Picture winner features irrepressible Gene Kelly as a struggling-to-make-it painter in Paris, caught between the romantic aspirations of a wealthy patron (Nina Foch) and his true love, the young Leslie Caron. Kelly sings, dances and cracks wise with his smart-aleck buddy, pianist Oscar Levant, while trying to choose his fate. Also received Academy Awards for Screenplay, Score, Cinematography and Art Direction.


THE WIZ
1978, Universal, 134 min, Dir: Sidney Lumet

"Can you feel a brand-new day?" sing Diana Ross and Michael Jackson as Dorothy and the Scarecrow in this African-American version of "The Wizard of Oz." With Richard Pryor, Lena Horne and Nipsey Russell.


CABIN IN THE SKY
1943, Warner Bros., 120 min, Dir: Vincente Minnelli

Lena Horne is luminescent in director Vincente Minnelli’s debut feature. Eddie "Rochester" Anderson is the married man tempted by Lena and the devil himself to turn his back on his wife (Ethel Waters) in favor of vice and moral ruin. Louis Armstrong and the Duke Ellington Orchestra appear as well!


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