Dementia-Friendly – An American In Paris

Screening Dates:
Tue 29 August 2:30pm

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron

Gotta sing! Gotta dance!! Gotta paint!!! Now digitally restored 60 years after it swept the Oscars, Minnelli’s Gershwin-based musical remains one of the creative pinnacles of the form.

Gene Kelly is at his dazzling best as Jerry Mulligan, a former GI whose dreams of becoming a successful artist have led him to the city of light, love and the Impressionists. Much admired by wealthy patron Miro (Nina Foch), he risks her displeasure when he falls for shopgirl Lise (Leslie Caron), herself betrothed to Henri (Georges Guétary), who’s an old friend of Jerry’s pianist pal Adam (Oscar Levant). This romantic roundelay is, in the end, simply the framework – albeit a consistently engaging and funny one – for some of the finest musical sequences ever filmed. Most memorable of all is the climactic ballet danced to Gershwin’s titular tone poem on ravishing sets inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Dufy, Rousseau et al – an eloquent evocation of Jerry’s inner life, superbly shot and choreographed, and as audacious and exhilarating as its equivalent in The Red Shoes.’S wonderful!


This special screening offers people living with dementia the chance to enjoy this classic film in a relaxed and supportive environment.

This screening is open to all but we extend a warm welcome to those living with dementia, their companions and family members. Tickets for this screening are standard price, with one free companion ticket. There will be no adverts or trailers before the film but our cinema bar will be open from 45 minutes prior to the screening serving a variety of snacks and refreshments.

Specially trained staff will be on hand and the screening will also include:

  • An interval midway through the film
  • clearer signage to help you find your way about
  • no adverts or trailers preceding the screening
  • the lights will be up a little and the sound reduced slightly
  • people are welcome to move about as they wish
  • we encourage you to sing along and enjoy yourself

If you have any questions about this event, please contact our Box Office on 01604 624811 or email us.

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