April 18, 2009
“An American in Paris” (1951) was one of the films I saw on the long-haul flight, and the River Seine, where the photograph above was taken, was Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron’s favorite rendezvous spot. The romance of the river endures to this day; there seemed to be more couples than singles or groups on the Seine at the several times I happened to be there.
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris*
Back to the film though, one thing that intrigued me were the trousers Gene Kelly had on most of the time: loose, wide-cuffed, and just slightly too short tailored pants. (I was actually taken aback at first: was that the popular trouser cut of the fifties?) For a man of his stocky build and less than model-proportions height (he was 5 ft. 7), it would have been the most unflattering silhouette for him. But Mr. Kelly carried himself with confidence and moved snappily and with great ease that he made it all seem to work.
*photo from Film Reference