As anyone who saw my countless promoting of this installment the entire month before could gather, my original choice as the subject of July was Singin’ in the Rain. I was 99.9% sure that my local video rental store carried it… Wrong. I went on a mad search for it with only one free hour to spare before the scheduled event – I couldn’t even find it for sale anywhere! The last place I looked at least had the next best thing – Gene Kelly’s other widely known musical, the 1951 Best Picture winner An American in Paris. It was a worthy substitute – fun Impressionist set imagery, lovely music by George and Ira Gershwin, and Kelly telling a story through dance. Here are the tweets – and the BIG REVEAL of the film chosen for MCT Live: Part III!
MEIER_in_a_CT: BIG CHANGE!!! Couldn’t find #SinginInTheRain w/ Gene Kelly so the NEW #MCTLive tonight is #AnAmericanInParis w/ Gene Kelly!
MEIER_in_a_CT: All in all, not a bad substitute hopefully. Only made one AFI 100 list, but also won Best Picture.
JohnZero83: The word “Werewolf” is conspicuous by it’s absence.
MEIER_in_a_CT: @JohnZero83 Somehow An American Werewolf in Paris didn’t make AFI’s 100 – not even with the Bush song!
MEIER_in_a_CT: I think everyone will be surprised at my choice for the August #MCTLive. I’ll reveal my decision after #AnAmericanInParis tonight.
MEIER_in_a_CT: Cooking the popcorn now.
MEIER_in_a_CT: 15 more minutes!…
MEIER_in_a_CT: 3 minutes till I hit Play! And to think, you could’ve gone to see Captain America instead. #pleasedontdothat
JohnZero83: I don’t have #AnAmericanInParis so I’ll go with#FreddyGotFingered
gttmovies: Wait wait, you didn’t say you were watching A Captain America in Paris tonight? I already bought my tickets!
MEIER_in_a_CT: And….. NOW!
MEIER_in_a_CT: The Gershwin! The GERSHWIN! (turns in man card in shame)
JohnZero83: @gttmovies A Captain America Werewolf in Paris.
gttmovies: @MEIER_in_a_CT @JohnZero83 I don’t have #AnAmericanInParis so I’ll go with #SingingInTheRain
MEIER_in_a_CT: So far it’s like Sunset Blvd. only narrated by a sleepy painter.
MEIER_in_a_CT: This cameraguy sucks at finding the narrators’ flats.
MEIER_in_a_CT: Spoiler Alert: There’s more than one American!
MEIER_in_a_CT: Adam could pinpoint this ballerina g/f if he just said “So she’s flexible, eh?”
(The French friend – Henri – is describing his new girl to pianist Adam with many separate descriptions. Meanwhile the screen shows her interpreting each characteristic with dance.)
MEIER_in_a_CT: I think the French friend is against jazz b/c he can’t sing to it. Or dance w/ Kelly passionately to it…
JohnZero83: @MEIER_in_a_CT #TommyBoy is trending, we all know what you’re really watching.
MEIER_in_a_CT: I’ve now counted 4 Americans and 2 Parisians.
MEIER_in_a_CT: Lots of painters on the streets besides Kelly. It was the online reviewing of back then.
(Anyone know who the cameo was? It looked like Winston Churchill…)
gttmovies: Drinking game: take a shot for every American.
MEIER_in_a_CT: He gets a rich lady customer and gets invited to her party that night. She’s fishy to me. & American. #shots
JohnZero83: I bet they still used lead paint back then. Explains a lot.
MEIER_in_a_CT: I wish when I was a kid, I had a Gene Kelly that sang and danced to “I Got Rhythm” and gave me free bubble gum.
MEIER_in_a_CT: “Party” turns out to mean “date” with this lady. Let the romance plot begin.
JohnZero83: Random Paris Fact: It smells like cheese.
(We at Glasgow to the Movies have never actually been to Paris and cannot verify the truth of the statement made by this highly suspicious source.)
MEIER_in_a_CT: Kelly runs into French friend’s g/f & seems smitten. He doesn’t know they’re involved. HERE we go!
MEIER_in_a_CT: Lisa. After slow-dancing w/ Jerry (Kelly), she tried to give him a fake phone # – now he’s womanless. Smooth.
MEIER_in_a_CT: Rich lady – Milo – still thinks she can “housebreak” Jerry. Good luck with all that, lady.
MEIER_in_a_CT: Lise agrees to a date with Jerry. I guess the prior relationship’s not that serious.
MEIER_in_a_CT: These guys get right in each other’s faces when joking. Why do some folks think these musical stars are gay?!?
MEIER_in_a_CT: Jerry & Lise go walking instead of public outdoor dining. What is this girl doing?
MEIER_in_a_CT: It’s a shame he’s chosen the fledgling artist path. Hollywood could use a song-&-dance man like this.
jdglasgow: Fledgling art is the best kind of art.
MEIER_in_a_CT: They kiss & she scurries away. Does he not care she’s clearly two-timing, or just that gullible?
MEIER_in_a_CT: “Stairway to Paradise” = clearly the inspiration for the Dom DeLuise scene in Blazing Saddles.
MEIER_in_a_CT: Now the piano player’s dream of a big concert. All musicians & conductor are him. Delusions of grandeur have never been cooler.
MEIER_in_a_CT: Too bad some moviegoers probably used this as an intermission.
MEIER_in_a_CT: Milo’s all about surprises – a new studio & upcoming exhibition for Jerry. He agrees reluctantly. Cue painting montage!
JohnZero83: But, montages weren’t invented until the 80’s!
MEIER_in_a_CT: Adam is first to learn Lise’s two-timing. Sits uncomfortably btwn Jerry & Henri talking. Smokes/drinks brandy/stays awesome.
MEIER_in_a_CT: Jerry & Henri duet “S’Wonderful”. They’re having a gay time (What? I meant “happy!”)
MEIER_in_a_CT: Jerry & Lise come clean with each other at place of 1st kiss. Heartbroken, he seeks & finds Milo that night.
MEIER_in_a_CT: Jerry & Milo go to wild B&W wardrobe party. Adam loses nearly all coolness with dorky cowboy getup.
MEIER_in_a_CT: They run into Henri & Lise. Jerry introduces Milo to Lise. Lise no like.
MEIER_in_a_CT: Lise gives tearful goodbye to Jerry on balcony. Henri overhears it all during smoke break. And…
(This scene holds the final spoken line of the film – “Jerry, don’t let me leave you this way.” Many of the tweets from here on out contain links to pics of…)
MEIER_in_a_CT: … On to the famous big dance number daydream!
(The links don’t seem to be currently working… I hope I’m not getting into copyright issues here… If they stay up, feel free to look at them under the MCT Twitter account profile.)
MEIER_in_a_CT: Jeez, Jerry, those pants don’t leave much to the imagination (artist daydream getup).
mommameier: I’ve read all to this point. You must be almost finished.
MEIER_in_a_CT: Daydream sequence over. Henri’s way understanding and brings Lise back to Jerry. Happilyeveraftertheendnstuff!
mommameier: OK, so it’s schlocky and predictable, but isn’t the music wonderful?
(I didn’t think it was schlocky – it was just a fairy tale and a pretty hip one at that considering it was the early ’50s. And yes, the music’s one of a kind.)
MEIER_in_a_CT: Thank you to all who read, replied, and/or dealt with the sudden showing change! In August, #MCTLive does the classic Western Shane!
MEIER_in_a_CT: This has been #MCTLive Part II: #AnAmericanInParis. I leave you with this image to soak in. Enjoy!
(Inserted pic of Kelly giving the audience a glimpse of his bum in too-tight-tights. Keep visiting Glasgow to the Movies to eventually learn the exact time and date for MCT Live: Shane. Goodnight, everybody!)