ADG Presents An American in Paris

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque will present a screening of An American in Paris (1951), showcasing Oscar-winning Concept Artist/Costume Designer Irene Sharaff, Art Director E. Preston Ames and MGM’’s Supervising Art Director Cedric Gibbons, on May 31 at 5:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood). This will be the ADG Film Society’’s second program of the 2015 “Confessions of a Production Designer” Series, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.

There will be a post-screening discussion about the making of the extraordinary 18-minute ballet sequence. Production Designer Thomas A. Walsh will moderate a Q&A with  Scenic Artist John Moffitt, cinematographer and film historian Michael Lonzo, costume designer Mikael Sharafyan (nephew of Irene Sharaff) and Patricia Ward Kelly, widow of Gene Kelly and creative director of “Gene Kelly: The Legacy.” 

Director Vincente Minnelli’’s most popular and ambitious musical, An American in Paris earned six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and boasts MGM’s finest in choreography, art direction, costume design and scenic painting. Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron sing and dance to the music of George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

This screening will also kickoff the 2016 release of The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, the ADG’s newest partnership in publication that explores the art and history behind the creation of Hollywood’s most iconic backdrops. The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop is sponsored by the Guild’s Scenic,Title and Graphic Artists in collaboration with writers Karen L. Maness, Richard Isackes and Judith Regan, Regan Arts/Phaidon Publishing.

Upcoming are two more ADG Film Society events: June 28 – The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) at the AeroTheatre, spotlighting Production Designer Carl Jules Weyl; July 26 – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) at the Egyptian Theatre, followed by a conversation with Production Designer Jim Bissell

General admission: $11. American Cinematheque members: $7. Students/Seniors with valid ID: $9. All screenings start at 5:30 PM 24-hour information is available at 323-466-FILM (3456).

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Crafts, Movies, Music, Oscar, Production Design, Tech

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