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While not nearly the musical it's cracked up to be, this 1951 film is absolutely required viewing for anyone who wants to see the studio system (MGM style) at its gaudiest, most Byzantine height. Art and technology have never been in closer harmony than in this Vincente Minnelli-directed rendition of George Gershwin's concert masterpiece. It features Gene Kelly (wearing his most tortured set of expressions), Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, and an 18-minute ballet based on images from the French impressionists. Songs include “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “S'Wonderful.”

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