An American in Paris ★★★½

Gorgeous and brimming with all things happy, though some melancholy or even reflective joy would've been preferred over "that" conclusion in the last few seconds. After all of the love entanglements, the artist conversation, the street songs and the coffee, a wonderfully impressionistic dance number is punctuated with an unfortunate last-minute change in tempo. Maybe our American was "rewarded" for his faith in Paris, or maybe the final moment was but a dream. Maybe so is that city. Maybe so is romance. Or maybe...

My prudishness or my philistine-isms may be holding back my understanding. Will investigate.