Friday, February 2, 2007

An American in Paris

Recently, I saw the movie, An American in Paris, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. It was a musical, set in the 1950s, about an American soldier who stayed back in Paris to study art after the Second World War. Along the way, he met and fell in love with a beautiful French cabaret singer. However, the relationship had some major obstacles. Did they live happily ever after? You will have to watch the movie to find out. If you are a fan of old Hollywood musicals, this is one of the best of the genre.

The building in this photo is the
women's department of Bergdorf Goodman, on 5th Avenue and 58th Street. It reminds me of the architecture commonly seen in Paris, especially around the 1st - 4th and 8th - 9th arrondissements on the Right Bank. The statue in the foreground is Pomona, the Roman Goddess of Fruits and Nuts. She is standing on top of the Pulitzer Fountain, in front of The Plaza Residences (formerly, The Plaza Hotel).

Here is another photo of the Bergdorf Goodman Building that I posted on NYCDP last year. It was taken from the southern side, on 5th Avenue and 57th Street.

For more photo of the Pulitzer Fountatin, click here.


Olivier said...

un superbe film statu est tres belle.

a superb film worship. the statue is very beautiful.

Jing said...

i like that lady sculpture.
havent seen that movie, recently the new James Bond movie was launched here. So i will see that first.

have the nice weekend.


Annie said...

It does look European there. The statue, I think, leads one to that conclusion. Quite a nice spot to stop and look.

Gene Kelly was one of my favorites in those type movies. Remember him singing in the rain in another one.

denton said...

I'm sure my wife and I watched this movie within the last year. However, being a guy I have no memory of the relationship. I was most likely browsing the Daily Photo post while half watching the movie.

angela said...

I love 50's movies though I never could think of Gene Kelly as a romantic lead. The film's good anyway and Lesley Caron's so pretty.
The building does have a European air about it.

Nathalie said...

The buildings don't look Parisian at all to me but the lines are beautiful nevertheless. I love the several layers here, the statue, then the softly tormented lines of the naked trees and then the neat lines of the building. Works really well.