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GCU Offers Fourth Installment in Centennial Film Classics Series

1950s Movie Classic An American in Paris Won Six Oscars

Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 12, 2008—Georgian Court celebrates its Centennial year with Centennial Film Classics, a Monday night film series featuring movies from each of the eight decades that the university has resided in Lakewood.

The latest installment for the 1950s decade, An American in Paris (1951), will be shown on Monday, December 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus. The Gershwin-inspired musical ranks as number 9 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 25 greatest movie musicals of all time.

Admission is free, but reservations are required due to limited space. For more information or to make reservations, contact GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Upcoming films in this series include To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) on February 9, The Sting (1973) on March 9, and The Breakfast Club (1985) on April 20. All films will be shown in the Little Theatre at 6:30 p.m.

About An American in Paris
This 1951 musical film was inspired by the 1928 classical composition of the same name by George Gershwin. All the music is by George Gershwin, with lyrics by his brother Ira. A G.I. (Gene Kelly) stays in Paris after the war to become an artist, and has to choose between the patronage of a rich American woman (Nina Foch) and a French gamine (Leslie Caron) engaged to an older man. The final section of the film comprises a 17-minute, breathtaking dance sequence that took a month to film and cost half a million dollars, a staggering sum at the time. Songs include “’S Wonderful,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “Love Is Here to Stay.” The film received six Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture, and was nominated for two more. Gene Kelly received an honorary Academy Award that same year for “his versatility as an actor, singer, director, and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film.” It was his only Oscar.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland. 

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