Best Picture Winners - TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection
  • Best Picture Winners - TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection
  • Best Picture Winners - TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection

Best Picture Winners - TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection

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Director: Michael Curtiz, Vincente Minnelli, William Wyler

Cast: Gene Kelly

     
 

Gene Kelly does his patented Pal Joey bit as Jerry Mulligan, an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists" colony. He is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch), who becomes Jerry's patroness in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Jerry plays hookey on this setup by romancing waif-like Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron)--who, unbeknownst to him, is…  See more details below

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Gene Kelly does his patented Pal Joey bit as Jerry Mulligan, an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists" colony. He is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch), who becomes Jerry's patroness in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Jerry plays hookey on this setup by romancing waif-like Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron)--who, unbeknownst to him, is the object of the affections of his close friend Henri (Georges Guetary), a popular nightclub performer (the film was supposed to make Guetary into "the New Chevalier." It didn't). The thinnish plot is held together by the superlative production numbers and by the recycling of several vintage George Gershwin tunes, including "I Got Rhythm," "S'wonderful," and "Our Love is Here to Stay." Highlights include Guetary's rendition of "Stairway to Paradise"; Oscar Levant's fantasy of conducting and performing Gershwin's "Concerto in F" (Levant also appears as every member of the orchestra); and the closing 17-minute "American in Paris" ballet, in which Kelly and Caron dance before lavish backgrounds based on the works of famed French artists.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
From the simplest of plots, Gene Kelly and MGM director Vincente Minnelli (Meet Me in St. Louis) spun a delirious fantasy scored to the wonderful music of George and Ira Gershwin that stands at the pinnacle of movie musicals. Kelly, as a struggling American artist living in Paris, enjoys the support of a wealthy and amorous female patron -- until he falls head-over-heels in love with a French gamine (Leslie Caron in her star-making debut). The plot's central complication: Kelly's a bit more beholden to his wealthy patroness (Nina Foch) than he can admit; and Caron remains betrothed to a nightclub singer (Georges Guetary) who plans to take her away with him on his debut U.S. tour. Kelly choreographed the exhilarating dance numbers as harmonious showcases for his athletic exuberance and ballerina Caron's lissome elegance. The final sequence, a 17-minute modern ballet incorporating spectacular sets designed to look like famous 20th-century French paintings, married dance and cinema in a way that was entirely new, and it still feels that way. An American in Paris took home numerous Oscars, including the special one Kelly received for the multiple roles he played in creating this innovative masterpiece.
Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
Star-crossed lovers meet during wartime under the Moorish arches of Rick's Café Americain in Casablanca. This legendary melodrama is one of the most perfectly realized movies to come out of the Hollywood studio system. Directed by Hungarian émigré Michael Curtiz, it stars Humphrey Bogart in his iconic role as the fiercely independent but ultimately honorable Rick, an American expatriate running a swanky nightclub on the French North African coast. An embittered romantic, Rick has never forgotten the beautiful and enigmatic Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), who left him waiting at the train station in Paris as Nazi tanks rolled in. Their secret love, unexpectedly rekindled at Rick's, drives a charged narrative set against an exotic backdrop. Bogart and Bergman supply enormous star power, to be sure. But Casablanca's witty script, brisk pacing, lush atmosphere, and bittersweet romance -- not to mention a splendid performance by Claude Rains as the morally flexible French official, Inspector Renault -- all help make it the classic that it is.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
UPC:
0883929049677
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Classic Movie
Region Code:
1
Time:
7:44:00
Sales rank:
35,132

Special Features

Casablanca: 2 commentaries: critic Roger Ebert and historian Rudy Behlmer; Introduction by Lauren Becall; Mrs. Miniver: Greer Garson academy awards; Footage; Photo gallery; 2 World War II-era shots: Mr. Blabbermouth and For the Common Defense; Gigi: Commentary by historian Jeanine Basinger with Leslie Caron; Vintage short the Million Dollar Nickel; Classic cinemascope cartoon the Vanishing Duck; Theatrical trailer; An American in Paris: Commentary hosted by Patricia Ward Kelly and featuring rare interview with Gene Kelly, Vincente Minnelli, Aruthur Feed, Alan Jay Lerner, Johnny Green, Saul Chaplin, Michael Feinstein, Preston Ames and Irene Sharaff, and new observations by Leslie Caron and Nina Foch; Vintage FitzPatrick Traveltalks short Paris on Parade; Classic cartoon Symphony in Slang; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Kelly Jerry Mulligan
Greer Garson Mrs. Kay Miniver
Humphrey Bogart Rick Blaine
Leslie Caron Gigi,Lise Bouvier
Ingrid Bergman Ilsa
Maurice Chevalier Honore Lachaille
Walter Pidgeon Clem Miniver
Louis Jourdan Gaston Lachaille
Oscar Levant Adam Cook
Paul Henreid Victor Laszlo
Teresa Wright Carol Beldon
Claude Rains Capt. Louis Renault
May Whitty Lady Beldon
Georges Guétary Henri Baurel
Hermione Gingold Mme. Alvarez
Conrad Veidt Maj. Heinrich Strasser
Eva Gabor Liane d'Exelmans
Nina Foch Milo Roberts
Reginald Owen Foley
Isabel Jeans Aunt Alicia
Peter Lorre Ugarte

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Vincente Minnelli Director
William Wyler Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Casablanca
1. Credits and Foreword [2:23]
2. Refugee Roundup [4:06]
3. Rick's Café Americain [2:21]
4. Impressed With Ugarte [3:50]
5. Knock on Wood [1:13]
6. Renault the Romantic [3:24]
7. Lowdown on Laszlo [3:20]
8. Ugarte Arrested [2:11]
9. Citizen of the World [2:27]
10. The Laszlos [3:39]
11. Tango Delle Rose [2:16]
12. Play it, Sam [2:26]
13. Reunion [2:25]
14. Of All the Gin Joints [2:44]
15. Paris Memories [3:25]
16. Here's Looking at You [5:40]
17. Ilsa's Story [2:59]
18. No Names, No Travel [3:07]
19. At the Blue Parrot [:33]
20. Visa For One [3:52]
21. Everybody Comes to Rick's [2:39]
22. If Someone Loved You [3:32]
23. Lucky Guy [2:31]
24. The Mighty Marseillaise [2:51]
25. Were You Lonely? [5:13]
26. Ilsa's Plea [3:08]
27. For Both of Us [2:53]
28. Destiny's Hand [4:11]
29. Double-Dealing [3:16]
30. Least Vulnerable Spot [3:18]
31. We'll Always Have Paris [3:14]
32. Beautiful Friendship [4:01]
Disc #1, Side B -- Mrs. Miniver
1. Credits and Foreward [1:42]
2. Nice Things [3:57]
3. A Rose by Her Name [3:32]
4. Pricey Purchases [3:53]
5. Lucky People [5:44]
6. Oxford Enlightenment [2:16]
7. Carol's Request, Vin's Protest [5:27]
8. Wonderful Evening [5:55]
9. Eye Contact [3:03]
10. At War [2:23]
11. Good Luck, Horace [4:42]
12. Sirens, Milday [3:33]
13. Lights Out [2:12]
14. Ready For Real [4:30]
15. Vin Called to Duty [4:57]
16. Signal From the Sky [2:03]
17. Clem Called to Duty [2:55]
18. Destination Dunkirk [3:46]
19. Their Comfort [2:28]
20. The Enemy [:21]
21. The Same Thing Here [5:30]
22. Homecomings [5:31]
23. Trading War Stories [3:05]
24. Lady Beldon Calls [4:25]
25. Bomb Shelter [4:07]
26. Time Enough For Tears [8:42]
27. Flower Show [4:53]
28. Challenge Cup Winner [2:47]
29. Plane Crash [5:54]
30. Air-Raid Casualty [4:58]
31. Our War [4:06]
32. Cast List [9:20]
Disc #2, Side A -- An American in Paris
1. Credits [2:13]
2. Americans in Paris [2:53]
3. Coffee With Henri [2:27]
4. Embraceably Enchanting [3:35]
5. By Strauss [3:28]
6. Unexpected Sale [2:36]
7. Party Invitation [3:29]
8. I Got Rhythm [3:20]
9. Party of Two [2:35]
10. Not Housebroken Yet [4:16]
11. Two Touchy Ladies [2:26]
12. Two Breakfast Calls [2:20]
13. Perfume Counter Encounter [3:50]
14. Tra-La-La [3:49]
15. Double Dater [3:45]
16. Love is Here to Stay [6:36]
17. I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise [2:26]
18. All-American News [3:08]
19. Concerto in F (3rd Movement) [3:55]
20. Artist at Work [:36]
21. Woman Trouble [5:54]
22. 'S Wonderful [3:17]
23. I Love You Goodbye [3:41]
24. Art Students Ball [3:06]
25. Paris is Not Enough [3:43]
26. An American in Paris [2:01]
27. Stairway to Paradise [5:39]
Disc #3, Side B -- Gigi
1. Credits [1:28]
2. Ladies in Review [4:34]
3. Thank Heaven For Little Girls [3:32]
4. All the Lessons You Need [3:35]
5. It's a Bore [5:00]
6. Tea For Two [4:06]
7. Lunch and Learn [3:41]
8. Cigars and Jewelry [4:17]
9. The Parisians [2:51]
10. Icy Patter [3:33]
11. Gossip [3:24]
12. She is Not Thinking of Me [2:52]
13. Bore War [2:56]
14. Tragedy at Honfleur [4:04]
15. On the Town [2:14]
16. Party Host to Dinner Guest [1:41]
17. The Night They Invented Champagne [5:50]
18. Trip to Trouville [3:09]
19. I Remember it Well [2:16]
20. Crash Courses [5:18]
21. The Education She Gets [3:57]
22. For Respectability's Sake [5:26]
23. Gaston's Soliloquy [3:13]
24. Gigi [2:17]
25. Bathtub Negotiations [3:05]
26. World-Famous Past [6:07]
27. Rejected and Rebuffed [17:29]
28. I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore [1:15]

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Best Picture Winners - TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MABM More than 1 year ago
There is no getting around the ageless appeal of these four classics. Sometimes a little dated but so wonderful that you don't care. Enjoy them time and again.
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