An American in Paris
The Story Jerry is an American painter who lives in Paris. Every day
he walks through the boulevards with his friends trying to sell his
paintings and enjoying the sights of the city. Lise is a school teacher in
Paris. She takes her school girls around the city to teach them about
art and history. During a school outing one of Lises students falls
and scraps her knee. Jerry helps her up and Lise thanks him for his
kindness. Lise and Jerry instantly are drawn to each other, however the
school girls hurry their teacher back to school.
Later that same day a rich American art patron named Milo purchases
one of Jerrys paintings. He is thrilled to have made a sale! Milo flirts
with Jerry and leaves him her card, encouraging him to call her later
that evening. Jerry shrugs off Milos invitation and starts making his
way home. As he strolls down the boulevard he spots Lise. At first she
pretends not to notice him, but the two soon start dancing and the
time flies as their infatuation grows.
Lise suddenly realizes that she is late to meet her fiancé, Henri. The
conflicted Lise gives Jerry a quick kiss on the cheek and makes her
way to Henri's where she is met by the rich ladies of Paris enjoying a
cocktail party. She apologies to Henri for being late as he introduces
her to their guests.
The next day Jerry makes his way to the local café, day dreaming
about Lise. Henri has made plans to meet Lise at the very same café
and takes a seat near Jerry as he awaits her arrival. Henri introduces
himself to Jerry and they discover they are both hopelessly in love just
as Lise enters the café. Henri introduces Lise as his fiancé and Jerry's
heart sinks as he takes Lises hand and pretends to be meeting the love
of his life for the first time.
Crushed about Lises engagement, Jerry decides to call Milo. She
invites him to the event of the year the black and white ball.
Everyone is dressed "to the nines", enjoying drinks and great company.
Lise and Jerry meet again and their love is rekindled. By the end of the
evening Lise and Jerry run into each others arms and are torn apart
by Milo and Henri. Milo realizes that Jerry is not interested in her and
Henri finds out that Lise is marrying him out of obligation.
Jerry decides that he must leave Paris. Without Lise the entire city
is too empty. He packs his suitcase and makes his way down the
boulevard. His friends have other ideas. The garçon from the café and
the gendarme stop him just in time for Henri to bring Lise to Jerry.
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