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[Zip.ca] [IMDB] [Wikipedia].

So, I was expecting this film to be pretty similar to the previous one (An American In Paris) as it was a musical by the same director, set in the same city, and with the same actress playing the love interest... I couldn't be more wrong.

I found this one even less charming, and the music more uninspiring than An American In Paris. Based on a French novel set in early 1900s Paris, it follows the story of a young girl being groomed by her great aunt to be a courtesan, and an aristocratic man who is eternally bored. They start out as friends, and then through a series of what seems like rather manufactured angst, become involved in a relationship.

While perhaps the original story was nuanced, I don't think it survived the transition to musical. I found the plot rather bland and the characters utterly unbelievable.

I don't have a lot to recommend about this one, unless one really likes musicals.

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