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S46 Ep2

An American In Paris The Musical

Premiere: 11/2/2018 | 00:00:31 | Closed Captioning Icon

Experience one of the most famous musicals of all time with a celebrated new adaptation featuring the original Tony Award-nominated stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. The acclaimed production was directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.



About the Episode

Premieres Friday, November 2 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
Streams Saturday, November 3 at and on PBS apps

Described as an extended symphonic tone poem, George Gershwin’s 1928 composition “An American in Paris” was commissioned by conductor Walter Damrosch and rapidly became one of his most famous compositions. The 1951 MGM film starring Gene Kelly was inspired by Gershwin’s score and became one of the studio’s most acclaimed and famous movie musicals, winning six Academy Awards. In 2015, Paris finally came “home” to Broadway in a thrilling new stage adaptation of the film, directed and choreographed by dance wunderkind Christopher Wheeldon, which earned four Tony Awards. Happily for Broadway, dance and Gershwin fans, the Broadway production makes its television debut on Great Performances with its original stars, Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope.

Music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, book by Craig Lucas, directed and choreographed for the stage by Christopher Wheeldon. Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and produced by Joshua Andrews, Stuart Oken and Austin Shaw.


About Great Performances

Great Performances is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. Throughout its more than 40-year history on public television, Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.


♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -When you think of Paris, what comes to mind?

The Champs-élysées?



Well, it wasn't always like that.

You know, for four years, the city of light went dark.

There was violence, swastikas in the street, martial law, and, uh, and fear in people's eyes.

Then came the liberation, but how can you feel liberated when your city has been crushed?

When there's no food or electricity?

When -- you know, when friends and neighbors are being betrayed and guns are still firing in the night?

See, some things about a war... they -- well, they just don't change overnight.

But it is from the ashes of war that friends are made and new loves are found.

And that -- well, that was what it was like on the day Jerry Mulligan decided to stay in Paris.

Oh, and, uh, it starts like this.

[ Indistinct shouting ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Airplane engines roar ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Jerry, there you are. -Hey!

-I got our tickets. We're going home.

Well, ticktock, Mulligan. We're gonna miss the train.

[ 'Concerto in F' plays ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Vas-t'en!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Non!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Lise, merci.

[ 'Concerto in F' continues ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Ah, Paris!

-We are home.

[ 'Concerto in F' continues ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Non, pass tout.

-Oh, no, sir. Please don't.

♪♪♪ -[ Gasps ] -[ Laughing ] -Hey, what's going on?

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Cheri?

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Music intensifies ] ♪♪♪ -Collaborator!

[ Indistinct shouting ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Aaah!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Music softens ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Excusez-moi.

Je cherchez un chambre pour louer -- -Ha. At last, a fellow slaughterer of the French tongue.

[ Chuckles ] Welcome, soldier.

Corporal Adam Hochberg, 2nd Armored Division, at your service.

-Lieutenant Jerry Mulligan, 4th Infantry.

But now it's just Jerry.

-Well, what can I, uh -- what can I get you, Just Jerry?

-Anything. Coffee.

-Whoa, too early in the day for coffee.

Have some...champagne.

-Hey. This your café? -Might as well be.

The Dutois gave me the run of the place.

Liberté. -Egalité. -Fraternité. -So, when you, uh -- when you shipping home?

-That's just it. I missed my train.

-Ooh. Kind of sort of on purpose, huh?

Yeah. Yeah, me, too.

I sure as hell didn't see parading this in front of the relatives.

-Yeah, no parades for me either, thanks.

-You want to talk about it?

Yeah, uh, sorry. I'm sorry.

I-It's just been lonely as hell around here, and frankly, I'm driving myself crazy with this damn concerto.

-You a composer?

-Well, not if this is any indication.

-It sounded great. -Enh, something's missing.

I can't -- uh, I can't put my finger on it.

Hey, you an artist?

-Yeah, starving and homeless.

-Well, the Dutois got another petit alcove upstairs, and they like to think of themselves as 'art patrons,' even though they haven't got a, uh, casserole to uriné in.

When they found out I was studying with Nadia Boulanger -- you, uh -- you -- you heard of her?


-Mm, yeah, I didn't think so.

Well, they stopped asking me for rent.

And if you were a Jew, like me, they probably wouldn't charge you.

Yeah, Parisian guilt.

-Jesus. -Ah, exactly.

-Hey, can I, uh -- can I take a peek?


-Oh. Hey, these are good.

No, you -- you really are an artist.

-Thank you.

-Je suis désolé d'etre en retard.

-Hey, Henri. -Mes parents pensent que je suis chez le tailleur, s'ils savain-- -Henri, English, please.

-Pour quoi? -Well, because our French sucks.

Jerry, Henri. Henri, Jerry.

-How do you do? -A pleasure.

-I like this one best. Is -- Is this Dunkirk?

-No, that's old. It's depressing.

-Well, I love depressing.

Artists have a responsibility to show the dark underbelly to life.

-Don't listen to him. Paint what you love.

Make them pretty.

-Oh. Hey, did you pop the question yet?

Henri's trying to work up the nerve to ask his girl to marry him.

-Non, non, non. I have decided to write her a letter.

-Why not just ask her, Henry?

-Yeah, Henry. What's her name again?

-[ Laughs ] Non, non, non. You are trying to prick me.

-Uh, uh, trick.

[ Laughter ] Prick is something else.

-You Yankee cads are celebrated for stealing our women.

I am not allowing her near you. Now, have you finished my song?

Let's get to work. Chip-chip.

-Ugh, chop-chop.

I'm helping him with his nightclub act.

Henri's folks are in textiles the way Henry Ford is in cars.

They don't know their only child wants to be a song-and-dance man.

a song-and-dance man.

-Oh, so he's going over to America to help run their US operations while secretly becoming a nightclub performer.

-Won't they find out if you're successful?

-[ Laughs ] Oh, he won't be.

-Play. -This is the first stab, now.

-Yes, it is brilliant, we know. He is a genius, your friend.

You grew up together? -Yeah.

Yeah, same synagogue and everything.

♪♪♪ -♪ Days can be sunny with never a sigh, sigh ♪ -♪ Sigh ♪ ♪ Don't need what money can buy ♪ Can we lighten up the accompaniment?

-No, we cannot.

-♪ Birds in the trees sing their dayful of song ♪ ♪ Why shouldn't we sing along? ♪ It's like a funeral. -Kind of gloomy.

-♪ I'm chipper all the day, happy with my lot ♪ Happy? It doesn't sound that way.

-♪ How did I get that way? ♪ Something, something, something.

♪♪♪ -♪ I got rhythm ♪ ♪ I got music ♪ Non, non, non, non.

♪ I got my gal ♪ ♪ Who could ask for anything more? ♪ It's better in 4/4.

-It is. -Bonjour.

-♪ I got daisies in green pastures ♪ -Bonjour. -♪ I got my gal ♪ ♪ Who could ask for anything more? ♪ -That's great. -Quisling.

-♪ Old man trouble, I don't mind him ♪ ♪ You won't find him 'round my door ♪ ♪ I got starlight ♪ ♪ I got sweet dreams ♪ Stop it. ♪ I got my gal ♪ ♪ Who could ask for anything more? ♪ ♪ Who could ask for anything more? ♪ Look. Look at their faces. People need to laugh.

Paris needs it.

-Who says music needs to cheer people up?


-Oh, it -- it's too easy to go for sentiment.

God forbid we show the real world -- uh, war, starvation, there's, uh -- there's unemployment.

-♪ Old man trouble, I don't mind him ♪ ♪ You won't find him 'round my door ♪ -Philistines!

-♪ I got starlight ♪ ♪ I got sweet dreams ♪ -Eh, sellouts.

-♪ I got my gal ♪ ♪ Who could ask for anything more? ♪ ♪ Who could ask for anything more? ♪ -♪ I got rhythm ♪ ♪ I got music ♪ ♪ I got my gal ♪ ♪ Who could ask for anything more? ♪ ♪ I got daisies in green pastures ♪ ♪ I got my gal ♪ ♪ Who could ask for anything more? ♪ -And the day turned to night, and somehow in that little slip of time, the three of us became... -The Three Musketeers.

-I got... -♪ Rhythm ♪ ♪ I got music ♪ ♪ I got my gal ♪ ♪ Who could ask for anything more? ♪ ♪ I got daisies in green pastures ♪ ♪ I got my gal ♪ ♪ Who could ask for anything more? ♪ ♪ Old man trouble, I don't mind him ♪ ♪ You won't find him 'round my door ♪ [ Electricity crashes, crackles ] [ Screaming ] -Don't worry.

It's only l'electricité. -Oh.

-It's okay. It's okay. We'll take care of it.


[ Matchstick striking ] [ Beat begins ] [ Laughter ] -[ Laughs ] [ Bells clang and ring ] -♪ I got rhythm ♪ ♪ I got rhythm ♪ -[ Laughs ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Singing indistinctly ] ♪ I got rhythm ♪ ♪ I got music ♪ ♪ I got rhythm ♪ ♪ I got music ♪ ♪ I got my gal ♪ ♪ Who could ask for anything more? ♪ ♪ Old man trouble, I don't mind him ♪ ♪ You won't find him ♪ ♪ 'Round my door ♪ ♪ I got starlight ♪ ♪ I got sweet dreams ♪ ♪ I got my gal ♪ ♪ Who could ask for anything more? ♪ ♪ Who could ask for ♪ ♪ Anything more ♪ ♪ More, more ♪ ♪ More, more? ♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ -And the night evaporated into memory.

Light flooded in.

Paris -- Paris began to breathe freely again.

I kept working on my music day and night, but, eh, something wasn't right.

One morning, I took Jerry with me to sketch the dancers at the ballet where I was accompanying classes.

And that's when -- well, uh, you'll see.

♪♪♪ -Excusez-moi? Est-ce que c'est le couloir de Nijinsky?

-Sorry. I've got no idea what you're saying.


-Afraid so.

-Milo Davenport.

-Jerry Mulligan. -May I?


-Oh! These really are rather good.

Where do you see the work going next?

-The Louvre?

-Confident, I see.

-Or deluded.

-Do you have representation?

-New to town.

-Me, too.

I'm having a little gathering this evening at the Ritz.

Might be worth your while. 8:00-ish?


Nice meeting you.

-Mademoiselle Davenport.

-Ah, Madame Baurel.

-Mwah. Mwah.

[ Laughter ] -Don't you look, uh, American?

-Thank you, but I'd rather look French.

-Yes, well... [ Laughter ] I must get to my board meeting, but Maestro Zlutoslovsky is expecting you.

-But he knows I'm new to ballet?

-He knows that your father has done business with my husband and that you might wish to make a donation.

-Well, surely he'll need more than a donation if everything was being funded by the Nazis.

-We must always look to the future.

-I see. Of -- Of course.


Maestro, my friend, Milo Davenport.


-I will see you after the audition.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Olga, spasiba.

-Dancers, we do audition variation now for Mr. Z.

♪♪♪ [ Vocalizes ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -You!

You vanished.

[ 'Second Prelude' plays ] ♪♪♪ -My grave apologies, madame.

-Spare your breath.

-Well, there were so many blockades.

I left work with more than enough time.

-But you did not.

I do not wish to see you. Out of my sight.

♪♪♪ -Don't leave. Just stand there in the back.

It's okay. Stay.

-You are just too tall.

Go be skyscraper somewhere.

[ Laughter ] -Go on in.

[ 'Second Prelude' continues ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] -Brava. My goodness.

Thank you, dancers. We will be in contact.

♪♪♪ -Thank you.



♪♪♪ -Wait.

What is your name, child?

-Lise Dassin.


Where did you study?

-I-In Monte Carlo -- before the war.

-Your mother is Arielle Dassin?


-Wonderful dancer.

She must be so proud.

-Please forgive me.

I must hurry back to work at the Galeries Lafayette.

I'm so sorry.

-We have your details?


-Hang on! -Ooh, you hang on.

Maestro, forgive me for presuming, but I would consider funding your entire season if you would perhaps indulge me in one tiny whim, and that is commission a short piece for that lovely young girl. What was her name?

-All: Lise Dassin.

-So mysterious.

And who wrote that exquisite music?

Is it famous?

-From your mouth. I'm the culprit.

-With a score by this talented young fellow, Monsieur...? -Hochberg. -Monsieur Hochberg.

-Well, now -- -And designs by this noted American painter, Jerry...? -Mulligan.

-I'm afraid I have my own stable of designers.

-Oh, you mustn't keep artists in a stable.

They'll never get up out of the hay.

[ Clears throat ] Never mind.

I specialize in the visual arts, and I must say, this young man's work is -- -I am sorry.

-A short ballet is all I suggest, celebrating French and American youth side by side, moving into the future together.

Brilliant. Alive.

-I can certainly invite Mademoiselle Dassin and this gentlemen, but I must draw the line at designs. I'm very sorry.

-I got to run. It was great meeting you all.

-Don't forget tonight -- 8:00. -I won't. Bye.

-Don't say no. That's all I ask.

I'm not telling you what to do, but you should at least see his work.

-Did you see that? The flower.

The kiss. The way she looked at me.

No one in my whole life had ever l-- God, I had a ballet to write.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Sorry!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Madame, we are expecting a new shipment any day now.

-May I help you? -Congratulations.

You got the job.


-They're creating a ballet for you.

-Uh, Monsieur, I'll find you another saleslady.

-Oh, there are no other ladies for me.

-Amandine? -Yes, Amandine, please speak to this customer.

Lise is giving her notice. She's gonna be a star.

-Sir, I'm afraid I cannot help you.

-Uh, but you can, because I need a small bottle of perfume for a very beautiful ballerina.

-Do you chase all the girls across town?


You're the first girl I've ever chased anywhere.

Come on. What are the odds?

I see you my first day in Paris then again today?

Both of us in the same place at the same time?

You've got to admit.


-♪ I've got beginner's luck ♪ ♪ The first time that I'm in love ♪ ♪ I'm in love with you ♪ ♪ Gosh, I'm lucky ♪ ♪ I've got beginner's luck ♪ ♪ There never was such a smile or such eyes of blue ♪ ♪ Gosh, I'm fortunate ♪ ♪ This thing we've begun is much more than a pastime ♪ ♪ For this time is the one ♪ ♪ Where the first time is the last time ♪ ♪ I've got beginner's luck ♪ ♪ Lucky through and through ♪ ♪ For the first time that I'm in love ♪ ♪ I'm in love with you ♪ -Oh, stop it, sir. -Ooh!

-Sir. I'm so sorry.

Get off.

Oh, no, sir. Please don't.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Thank you. -Oh, stop it, sir. Oh!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ Oh, no, sir!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Speaking indistinctly ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ Oh. Sorry.


♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] -You are going to get me fired!

-You're quitting.

Hi. I'm Jerry.

Meet me -- Pont des Arts.

-Absolutely not.

-I'll be there all afternoon.

I'll see you there.

-Well, how can you be so sure?

♪ 'Cause I've got beginner's luck ♪ ♪ Lucky through and through ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ 'Cause the first time that I'm in love ♪ ♪ The very first time that I'm in love ♪ ♪ The first time that I'm in love ♪ ♪ I'm in love with you ♪ ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Congratulations, dear. You are to become the newest prima ballerina at the Ballet du Châtélet.

-I am? -Don't draw attention.

[ Laughter ] I heard it from Maestro himself -- a new work for you.

But I did not let anyone know we were acquainted.

It would be incorrect to influence the outcome.

Let me take us to lunch.

-I must give my notice. -Of course. Yes.

Well, I know how much you have wanted this, how your mother would be pleased.

You will no longer be a shopgirl in this unfortunate place.

And needless to say, I am beside myself with joy.

I will see you at home. No, no.

Good to see you, as always, Mademoiselle Dassin.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Dearest -- -You will be pleased to know Lise has been hired by the ballet.

-She has? -Yes.

-Now, have you asked her? -Mother.

-Oh! You are too old to be unmarried.

You are beginning to draw attention to us.

We can't afford such prying.

-The war is over. The Nazis are gone.

-Shh! My God.

We must always appear blameless and correct in all things.

-This is also why we have walls, dear.

-The walls have ears.

The world is filled with treachery.

-I am writing my letter of proposal at this moment.

-Letter, dear?

-Mother, I am simply concerned that Lise might not feel the same way about me.

-Oh, Lise clearly loves you.

And if you don't ask her soon, someone else will.

You will have missed your chance.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Dearest beloved.

Dearly belov-- no.

Dear Lise.

-Cher Maman.


-You and Papa would both be so happy.

-I would be so happy... -I have been hired to dance with the ballet. dance with you through this adventure we call life.

Oh, my Christ.

[ Laughter ] -[Voice breaking] I miss you with every fiber of my being.

I'm afraid you might never receive this.

-I wish for you... -I wish you were here to help me make a difficult decision.

-...with all my heart... -For I must choose between doing what is expected of me and following my heart. choose me as your loving husband.

-I know Henri loves me, and I love him, too... -If you want, that is. -...but is this romantic love, the kind you and Papa built your happiness upon?

-Oh, will you marry me, Lise?

Oh, please, Lise. Please. No, no, no.

-If he should propose, what do I do?

The Baurels have taken such good care of me throughout the war, and I suppose love grows.

-Dear Lise, true love comes but once in a person's life.

I believe that, together... -But...maybe... ♪ Someday he'll come along ♪ ♪ The man I love ♪ ♪ And he'll be big and strong, the man I love ♪ ♪ And when he comes my way ♪ ♪ I'll do my best to make him stay ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ He'll look at me and smile ♪ ♪ I'll understand ♪ ♪ And in a little while, he'll take my hand ♪ ♪ And though it seems absurd ♪ ♪ I know we both won't say a word ♪ ♪ Maybe I shall meet him Sunday ♪ ♪ Maybe Monday ♪ ♪ Maybe not ♪ ♪ Still, I'm sure to meet him one day ♪ ♪ Maybe Tuesday will be my good-news day ♪ ♪ For me he'll do and dare as ne'er before ♪ ♪ Our hopes and fears we'll share forevermore ♪ ♪ And so all else above ♪ ♪ I'm waiting for ♪ ♪ The man I love ♪ -You had to love her.

She made you want to protect her.

And I thought, 'I'll dedicate this score to her.

She'll inspire me to discover whatever's been missing, the ballet will inspire everyone to fall in love with her, a-and she'll have me to thank.

She'll have to love me.'

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Told ya.

-I cannot accept this.

-Why not? I bought it from the prettiest girl in the shop.

-[ Sighs ] -Come on. Don't go.

-Oh, like all American men, you are too presumptuous.

-Oh, like all French girls, you -- Nothing.

There couldn't be another girl like -- Say your name for me.


-Beautiful. But sad.

-No, it is not.

-How about Lizzie?

-Or Eliza? Liza.

-I like my name.

-Liza's happier.

-No, it is not.

-Are you sure about that?

I drew this my first day here. You like it?

-Hmm. I do not wish to be drawed.

-Drawn, and it's just a sketch.

I couldn't finish it 'cause I'd need to know you better.

Tell you what. Meet me here every day.

-No. -I'll help you with your English and draw you until I get it right.

-No. I do not know you.

Who are you? You're a what? A soldier?


I was.

But now I'm an artist.

You are, too. And your mom, too.

Is she famous?

Hey, what's wrong?

-I can't meet you. I have responsibilities.

-Come on. It'll be fun. Everyone has responsibilities.

-Well, what are yours?

-My work.

I stayed here in Paris for this. Art is really important.

-You think I don't know that? I French.

-[ Laughs ] Listen, you don't have to tell me anything you don't want.

Plenty of people have things they like to keep to themselves.

Me? I'll tell you something.

I'd like to forget every single thing about that whole filthy war.


Me, too.


Put it behind us.

With me, you don't have to be that sad girl.

You can be Liza, that brash, happy, crazy girl no one but us knows about. What do you say?

-You are a madman, aren't you?

-Meet me here every day for one hour.

-No. -30 minutes?

-No. -Two minutes?

-No, Jerry.

-You remembered my name.

Now, come on.

We'll be those two crazy, happy fools down by the river, and the hell with everyone else.

You'll have your life.

I'll have mine.

Honor your responsibilities.

Then there'll be this, our little secret.


Come on.


♪ Moon shinin' on the river ♪ ♪ Come along, my Liza ♪ -Lise.

♪ Breeze singin' through the treetops ♪ ♪ Come along, my Liza ♪ -Lise!

-Not here. Not with me.

♪ Somethin' mighty sweet ♪ ♪ I wanna whisper sweet and low ♪ ♪ That you oughta know, my Liza ♪ Try it.

♪ I get lonesome, honey, when I'm all alone so long ♪ ♪ Don't make me wait ♪ ♪ Don't hesitate ♪ ♪ Come and hear my song ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ Liza, Liza, skies are gray ♪ ♪ But if you smile on me, all the clouds'll roll away ♪ ♪ Liza, Liza, don't delay ♪ ♪ Come keep me company, and the clouds'll roll away ♪ ♪ See the honey moon a-shinin' down ♪ ♪ We should make a date with Parson Brown ♪ ♪ So, Liza, Liza, name the day ♪ ♪ When you belong to me and the clouds'll roll away ♪ Say yes.


-Then dance with me.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ See the honey moon a-shinin' down ♪ ♪ We should make a date with Parson Brown ♪ Say yes.

Say you'll meet me right here.

Can't a man and a woman just be friends?

In America, they do it all the time.

-I can be your friend, but no more than that.

-You'll meet me? -Yes, but you have to swear to never tell anyone.

-I swear. Oh, Lise.

-No. Liza.

♪♪♪ -Whoa!

[ Splash ] -Are you all right? -Yes.

-Just friends, you said.

-The French kiss their friends -- twice, in fact.

Tomorrow, same time, same place. Don't forget.

-You swore. Don't you forget.

♪♪♪ [ Splash ] [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Dear Lise.

-Show me the letter. -Mother.

-You clearly don't know how to conduct yourself in matters of the heart. Give it to me.

-Oh, and you and father are so warm and fun-worshiping.

-Well, we have the occasional, uh -- we have, uh -- This is not about your father and me, Henri.

Now, dear, tell me.

Do your romantic interests lie beyond the fairer sex?

-Mother, please! -Good evening.

-Hello, and congratulations.

-Ah, yes. Did she tell you her news?

-Yes, it will certainly be a change.

-Yes, well, uh -- Lise, Henri has something he wishes to ask you.

Walk me through the garden.

We are both beside ourselves for you both.

-What is it, Henri? -What is what?

-You wanted to ask me.


About the ballet, I want to hear everything.

-Oh, cheri, you seem nervous. -No, no, no, no.

Happy and beside myself, as well.

Look, I am all the way over here I am so beside myself.

[ Laughter ] -You seem -- -No, I-I don't seem.

It's just -- well, I -- -What?

-Oh, I sound so selfish.

-This doesn't mean I have to spend my life in Paris.

When you go to America to sing -- -Shh.

-[ Chuckles ] -If you decide for whatever reason, I mean, well, I could dance there.

I mean, I will.

-You will? I-I mean, you do?

-Do? -Want to?

-I do. -Yes?

-Yes, Henri, if you do. -I do, of course.

Yes, I do. I do.

-Yes, I do, too. -Oh, my darling.

You have made me so happy.

-I have? -I love you very much.

-I love you, too.

-[ Laughs ] You know something?

You were positively glowing from the moment you came in.

You seem transformed.

-I did? I... -Yes.

-Something marvelous has happened.


-Yes, it's written all over your face.

-What? -The ballet.

-Oh, yes! [ Laughs ] -Did something else happen?

-No. My God.

-Please don't curse.

I am teasing, like Mother and Father.

-'No cursing.' -'No cursing.'

We must stop this foolishness. I'll be late to my rehearsal.


♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ Life has just begun ♪ ♪ Jack has found his Jill ♪ ♪ Don't know what you've done, but I'm all a-thrill ♪ -♪ How can words express your divine appeal? ♪ ♪ You can never guess all the love I feel ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ From now on, lady, I insist ♪ ♪ For me no other girls exist ♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ 'S wonderful ♪ ♪ 'S marvelous ♪ ♪ She should care for me ♪ ♪ 'S awful nice ♪ ♪ 'S paradise ♪ ♪ 'S what I love to see ♪ ♪ She makes ♪ ♪ She makes my life so glamorous ♪ ♪ You can't blame me for feeling amorous ♪ ♪ Oh, 's wonderful ♪ ♪ 'S marvelous ♪ ♪ That she should care for me ♪ ♪ 'S wonderful ♪ -♪ 'S wonderful ♪ -♪ 'S marvelous ♪ -♪ 'S marvelous ♪ ♪ She should care for me ♪ ♪ 'S awful nice ♪ -♪ 'S awful nice ♪ -♪ 'S paradise ♪ ♪ 'S what I love to see ♪ ♪ She makes my life so ting-a-lish ♪ ♪ I'll even overlook her Eng-a-lish ♪ ♪ O, 's wonderful ♪ -♪ 'S wonderful ♪ -♪ 'S marvelous ♪ -♪ 'S marvelous ♪ -♪ That she should care for me ♪ -What the hell are you guys doing in my song?

-It's my song.

-We all must be in love.

-Yeah, Jerry's got himself an heiress.

-An heiress, no less. And mine's accepted my proposal.

-Hey, that's great. -Hey, congratulations.

-I didn't even have to make it. -What?


-What about you? -Yeah, I -- you know, I met someone wonderful, but I ain't telling you bums who it is.

No, no, no.

-♪ She's made my life so glamorous ♪ ♪ You can't blame me for feeling amorous ♪ -♪ Oh, 's wonderful ♪ -♪ 'S wonderful, 's marvelous ♪ -♪ That she should care for me ♪ [ Applause ] -If you -- if -- if you can't be honest i-in life, how are you gonna be any kind of artist?

-Who says I can't be honest? -I do.

She accepted your proposal, only you didn't have to make it?

Does she -- oh, God. Does she know she said yes?

-Well, I think so. -Oh, see? See?

This is the problem with people like you.

-Hey, give him a break. He's happy.

-Life and art are connected.

-Hey. -Yours are both... -Enough already. -What is wrong with wanting to be hopeful and in love?

-Exactly. Another round.

-No, see, you d-- ugh. You -- you don't get it.

If -- if life is a work of art and art is a life's work -- -Hey, what's her name? -Now you can tell us, can't you?

-Well, you are a bad artist indeed.

I mean -- I mean, look at you.

The hair, the clothes -- you look like a refugee.

-A ref-- I am a refugee, running from you.

-You do look a little scroungy, pal.

-I do? -Yeah.

-Only an artist manqué thinks are must be tragic.

-Oh, g-- i-is that right?

-Well -- well, you've seen so much of the world, Fauntleroy, why don't you tell us what you did during the war?

-Wouldn't you like to know? -Cease-fire.

-I would. -It might surprise you what I have done. -Oh, why don't you just admit that you took a pass on the whole nasty business because -- -Girls, girls, please.

-Why did you say that? -What?


-Well, no, he knows we're not really girls, Henri.

Let's agree on the basics.

-It's just that my mother thinks that my romantic interests lie beyond the fairer sex.

[ Laughs ] [ Laughter ] Well, you don't think that, do you?

-Oh, I, uh -- I-I wouldn't let it sway my feelings about you one bit. No, I would tell anyone who asked that you are one of the most asinine, superficial people I have ever met.

-Okay, I got to run. -Look, here's the proposal.

I was about to hand it to her when she beat me to the pinch.

-Punch. -Punch.

-'Chere maman.' -Maman? Non, non, non.

-'I must choose between doing what is expected of me and following my heart.'

-I took her notebook.

-'But is this romantic love, the kind you and Papa built your happiness upon?'

-Hey, everybody wonders those kinds of things before they get married.

Maybe she's not the right girl for you, Henri.

-She's the only girl for me. You don't know her.

-Okay, go. Go to your fancy party, sell some paintings. I'll take it from here.


Forget about her, okay?

-She's not the kind of woman that you forget.

She is... an enigma.


Sounds like a skin condition.

Now, come on. Let's rehearse your act.

It'll distract you. Oh, and by the way, I got us a little club in Montmartre two weeks from tonight. So cheer up.

Uh, another five rounds with fries, please.

And more good news. I got a commission.


'I suppose love grows.'

It does.

It will.

I'm sorry. You were saying?

Montmartre? Wonderful. Mayonnaise, please. No ketchup.

-Oh, yes, ketchup. Mayonnaise on fries?

God, how do you say [Gags] in French?

Are you -- you kidding me with that?

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Hello. Swell digs you got here.


-I brought you a little something.

-Ooh, let me see.

Oh, nice composition, point of view.

It's a shame someone already painted it.

-What do you mean?

-Cézanne got there first.

Find the voice of Jerry McMillan.

-It's Mulligan. -Cocteau said, 'Originality is trying to be like everyone else and failing,' only you're too deft.

You're gonna have a harder time finding something you fail at.

-Cocteau said all that, huh?

-But you might have this new ballet to experiment with.

-I might? -If you play your cards right.

I persuaded Zlutoslovsky to give you a shot at designing the ballet.

-Thank you. -Bring you ideas to rehearsal.

-Geez. -And don't play it so safe.

-Okay. -Take this hint of exuberance and explode it.

-Okay. -And don't act so humble.

People might start falling for the act.

-Speaking of people, where is everyone?

-Am I not enough for you?

-You said something about gallery representation?

-Yes, I'm opening my own gallery and looking for undiscovered geniuses to feature in my gala.

I, for one, intend to take this city by force.

-They just came through a bit of that.

-No matter how much cash you offer, they still have such sad ideas about the correct way to do things.

-It's their country. -They didn't seem to mind letting the Nazis run it for a while.

-Not sure they had much choice. -Well, neither do I.

I'm compelled from within -- an instinctive hunger to make a contribution, a difference, a niche for myself.

-A name. -No, no, a home here in the city of love.

-That's Rome. -Love, light -- same thing, wouldn't you say?

-I wouldn't know a thing about it, but you are quite a pistol, Miss Davenport.

-Oh, call me Milo. Mm!

You like music?

-Nothing against it.

♪♪♪ -May I have this dance?

-Yeah, listen. I -- -Oh, are you gonna break my heart, Jerry Milligan?

-Mulligan. -You say potato.

-I've got a girlfriend. -You want another?

♪ Shall we dance or keep on moping? ♪ ♪ Shall we dance and walk on air? ♪ ♪ Shall we give in to despair? ♪ ♪ Or shall we dance with never a care? ♪ You want to meet Picasso?

♪ Life is short ♪ Camus?

♪ We're growing older ♪ Sartre?

♪ Don't you be.. ♪ -You know those people? -♪ also-ran ♪ ♪ You'd better dance with the lady ♪ ♪ Dance, little man ♪ ♪ Dance whenever you can ♪ Let's go to an opening.

-What's my part of the deal?

-Be nice to me and enjoy yourself.

-Are you sure that's all? -I know you can't buy love.

Well, think you can, but I'm not looking to fall in love, Mr. Mulligan.

-Hey, you got my name right. -Oh, I said it wrong to see if you had any spine.

-I'm afraid I might.

♪ Drop that long face ♪ ♪ Come on, have your fling ♪ -Seriously. -Shh.

♪ Why keep nursing the blues? ♪ ♪ If you want this old world on a string ♪ ♪ Put on your dancing shoes ♪ ♪ Stop wasting time ♪ ♪ Put on your dancing shoes ♪ ♪ Watch your spirits climb ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Laughs ] -Ooh!

What are you doing a week from tonight?

-That's the night I play poker with Picasso.


Have you been to the Bal des Beaux Artes?

-What's that? -It's an annual costume ball.

Everyone behaves very badly and regrets it in the morning.

Some people regret it all year. It's fabulous!

♪ Life is short, we're growing older ♪ ♪ Let's not be an also-ran ♪ ♪ You better dance with the lady ♪ ♪ Dance, little man ♪ ♪ Dance whenever we ♪ ♪ Ca-a-a-a-a-n ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Maestro.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -It's upside down.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Come on.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Music intensifies ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Oh, yes! -Yes!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Lift. -Okay.

-No. It's too high. -What?

-It's too high. I -- -I'm so sorry.

-Again! Lift!

♪♪♪ Get out.

♪♪♪ This is correct.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Music softens ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ All cheer ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Yahoo!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [All cheer ] ♪♪♪ [ All cheer ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ All cheer ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -You are with the ballet? -Don't shoot.

I'm the piano player.

[ Laughter ] -If this is humor, I must ask you to resist.

[ Laughter ] And no jazz, please.

Monsieur Baurel is unkindly disposed towards it.

Lise, you are acquainted with this personage?

-Hey, you. -So handsome, Adam.

Look at you!

-[ Chuckles ] -Yes. Well... [ Laughter ] -I, uh -- I-I didn't think I'd see you till later.

I was hoping we could, uh, you know -- I don't know.

-What? -Go for a walk?

I don't know. I'm blathering.

Listen, I'm writing so many new themes for you, I-I hope you can keep up. [ Chuckles ] I don't mean you aren't capable. You are.

-Is there something wrong? -Uh, no, no.

I-It's just -- Lise, I really... I love t-the way you dance.


No appearance from you until after the dancers have finished.

-Yes, madame.

-Are they trotting you out like some prize pig?

Oh, my G-God. Uh, that -- That's, uh -- That -- That's -- That's an American -- not -- not as in pig as in like it is here.

-Sorry? -It's, uh, uh... You see, in America, a prize pig is -- Oh, my God!

-I have to go.

-Go. Good riddance.

I mean, good luck! Good, uh -- Good luck!

Would you go already? Why don't you?

Would you?

[ Chuckles ] [ Laughter ] Hey, you bum.

What the hell are you doing here?

-You two are acquainted? -No! He's mistaken.

We've never met.

-Sure. And I'm George Gershwin.

[ Laughter ] -Well, please remove yourself to the piano, Mr. Gershwin.

[ Laughter ] -Let me take your coat.

I live here. That is my mother.

-Oh. Condolences.

[ Laughter ] -Why are you here? -I told you.

I got a commission.

-You didn't say whom with.

-Well, no, I would never say 'whom with' -- it's lousy grammar. [ Chuckles ] -Will you stop smiling?

They mustn't suspect anything about my musical pursuits.

-Hey! You've hired my friends to perform!

-What friends?

-No friends. Hello!

-You singin'? -Singing?

I should certainly hope not.

-Oh. You've heard him.

[ Laughter ] -Henri?

This is our guest of honor, Mademoiselle Davenport.

-And her consort, Monsieur...Mulligan.

-We know each other. -Ah.

Are you not well?

[ Laughter ] -People are always confusing me with someone.

It makes my neck ache terribly.

-Confusing you with, uh -- -No, you are the one who's confused.

Please follow me.

I'll show you to the coatroom and bar.

-Oh, you, uh, you keep the liquor in the closet?

[ Laughter ] -Who the hell are these phonies?

-They are my parents, thank you very much.

And they must not know my secret.

-Which one? -Which one?

[ Laughter ] -My nightclub act.

-Nightclub? -Father! [ Chuckles ] This is -- I'm sorry. Your names?

-Oh, I'm Frick. He's Frack.

[ Laughter ] [ Chuckles ] -You'll excuse me while I show the Frick-Fracks to the bar.

[ Laughter ] -Hey, that's my design! -Oh, that was my surprise and why I didn't tell you the party was for the ballet.

You've been hired.

-I have? -Yes.

These people are on the ballet board, and they're welcoming me.

I want you to be celebrated, as well.

-Yeah? Thank you.

[ Chuckling ] Geez.

I appreciate it. -You're welcome.

-And what about the dancers?

-Oh, they're performing a little excerpt of something.

What about them?

-I don't know.

I just gotta get a drink. Excuse me.

-Ooh! Could I have one, too?

-The dancers are here? -Yeah. What's wrong?

-I didn't realize this thing was for the ballet.

Christ, I got to get out of here!

-Oh! -Sorry.

-Your attention, please.

A tender hand of appreciation upon our guest of honor, Mademoiselle Milo Davenport, who has brightened our future so at the Ballet du Châtélet in her role as international...dilettante.

-Oh. [ Applause ] [ Chuckles ] Well, I'm -- I'm speechless.

I'm truly honored to have even the smallest hand in a work by the inimitable Zlutoslovsky.

Where's Jerry?

-Here. -Oh.

Oh. Well -- Well, my talented friend Jerry Mulligan has created these daring new designs for the ballet.

We're simply honored to have any part in your storied institution.

Well, it is all beyond my most feverish dreams.

I thank you.

Thank you. [ Chuckles ] -Please take your seats.

-I don't feel well. You don't want to get it.

-Maestro Zlutoslovsky has kindly agreed to allow a performance of a work no longer in the repertoire, one I loved in my youth.

How many of you recall the celestial ballets of Ivor and Irina Popover?

[ Chuckles ] [ Laughter ] No one? -Why are you so fidgety?

-Am I? -Shh!

-You're all over the -- -I give you now 'The Eclipse of Uranus.'

[ Applause ] [ 'For Lily Pons Ballet' plays ] -I can't just -- Would you stop?

-[ Whispering ] Are you kidding me right now?

♪♪♪ Is that all the dancers? -Uh, yeah.

-Thank God.

[ Chuckles ] -Please. -Sorry.

-[ Sneezes ] -Shh!

-[ Coughs ] I'm so sorry. -What's the matter with you?

-♪ I've got fidgety feet, fidgety feet, fidgety feet ♪ -Respect, sir.

-♪ Oh, what fidgety feet, fidgety feet, fidgety feet ♪ ♪ Say, mate, come and be my sway mate ♪ ♪ How can anyone resist that rhythmical beat? ♪ ♪ You will never go wrong ♪ ♪ Never go wrong, never go wrong ♪ ♪ If you toddle along, toddle along, toddle along ♪ ♪ All I need's a partner to make my life complete ♪ ♪ Two more fidgety, fidgety ♪ -What the hell are you on?

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Oh! -Oh!

♪♪♪ -Oh! -Oh!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Oh! -Oh!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ I got fidgety feet, fidgety feet, fidgety feet ♪ ♪ Oh, what fidgety feet, fidgety feet, fidgety feet ♪ ♪ Say, mate, come and be my sway mate ♪ ♪ How can anyone resist the rhythmical beat? ♪ ♪ You will never go wrong ♪ ♪ Never go wrong, never go wrong ♪ ♪ If you toddle along, toddle along, toddle along ♪ ♪ All I need's a partner to make my life complete ♪ ♪ Two more fidgety, fidgety, fidgety ♪ ♪ Fidgety, fidgety, fidgety ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ Feet! ♪ [ Music ends ] [ Cheers and applause ] -Congratulations.

[ Applause fades ] Didier?

You despise this sort of music.

-No, dear.

We agreed to say we dislike jazz while under occupation.

But you seem to believe every word you speak.

-Oh, I, uh -- But I -- No, it, uh... Oh.

We have covered over so much.

I -- I can't even find me.

♪♪♪ Hello, everyone.

I am most especially honored to be able to present to you now the newest star in our firmament, the unforgettable Lise Dassin!

-[ Chuckles ] ♪♪♪ -Monsieur Baurel and I cannot contain our joy one minute longer.

We seize this moment to share with you our blessed news.

Our dear son, Henri, and Lise are promised to be wed.

-Oh, my goodness!

[ Notes play ] That's wonderful news!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Piano plays somber music ] [ Laughter ] ♪♪♪ -I wonder if you might play something a little more... festive?

-My themes are decay and the inevitability of death.

[ Laughter ] -Now that jazz is no longer banned, I would not have the faintest idea where to go to listen.

-Well, then, you must allow me and Jerry to take you both to hear some.

-Oh! -Ooh, darling.

If I wanted to hear some good American jazz here in Paris, would you know where to send me?

-Oh, yeah.

I know a guy playing tomorrow night, in fact.

-Oh. -He puts on a really good act.

-Oh, good, then.

♪♪♪ Thank you.

-Is something the matter? -No.

♪♪♪ No. If you'll excuse me a moment.

♪♪♪ -Wait. -No.

-Hey. [ Chuckles ] Penny for your thoughts?

-You'd be overpaying.

-[ Chuckles ] [ Laughter ] ♪♪♪ -And not everything's for sale in this world.

Excuse me.

♪♪♪ -Those are such lovely shoes.

[ Laughter ] -Oh. You like? [ Clears throat ] Are you one of those rare gents who likes to shop?

Jerry won't ever go with me. -[ Chuckles ] I would be delighted. -You would?

Well, you seem like you might be a lot more fun than the Americans I slum around with.

[ Chuckles ] -[ Chuckles ] -You and I are cut from the same expensive bit of cloth.

Sometimes it's hard to know if people like you for you or what you can do for them.

-It helps if they have stood in your shoes.

-Hmm. These might pinch.

[ Laughs ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Look me in the eye and tell me you love him.

-Would you know the first thing about love, Jerry?

-Every day I've waited for you by the Seine.

I'm sorry for whatever I've done.

-I don't want you to apologize for who you are.

You are one of a kind, and I will always... ♪♪♪ for you.

-'Care for'? Is that what Victor Hugo and Zola and Flaubert wrote about?

-My love, if you knew the first thing about them, you'd know they only wrote tragedies.

♪♪♪ You gave me a lovely gift.

Those afternoons where I had no history and no past.

-But, apparently, you do. -And so do you.

-I don't love her.

-Well, she seems to think you do.

And perhaps you should. -No. No, it's all for show.

I mean, I couldn't -- -I don't want to know.

-You deserve so much more than afternoons.

You deserve someone to love you for all time.

-Henri loves me very much.

-Yeah, the way I loved my first puppy.

-And I have obligations. -What obligations?

-I must honor them. -Tell me what they are.

-Not here, not now.

-Meet me, then.

-No, Jerry.

-I need to understand.

-I am not a visitor in my own life.

I don't have this luxury.

-Our love is not a luxury.

-Go inside and be kind to that woman who's clearly going out of her way to give you what she thinks you want.

-I don't care about any of that.

I don't want money or fame. I want you.

-That's foolish.

You will go far with her.

♪♪♪ -You are all I've ever wanted... and ever will.

♪♪♪ I love you.

♪♪♪ -Go inside. They're watching.

-And you love me.

-We have pretended too many things.

-Yes. -Yes, of course I love you, but I am not free to love!

-Now you're killing me here. Why?

-Let go!

We are both killed, then!

-But why aren't you free?

-Because life is not like your American movies!

-Why not? You love me.

You said you love me! You said it!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Well, it's been quite a night.

♪♪♪ -Are you pleased?

-Are you? -Yes. [ Chuckles ] ♪♪♪ -[ Chuckles ] -[ Chuckles ] ♪♪♪ -Is there anything you wish to tell me?

♪♪♪ -Do you worry what people will say?

-About? -[ Sighs ] [ Chuckling ] The two of us.

-What about us?

♪♪♪ -Our differences.

♪♪♪ -'Do you?' is the question.

♪♪♪ -You're quite the success.

-Thank you. Heady stuff.

-I'll say.

-Anything you'd like to discuss with me?



You worried what people think?


♪ Who cares what the public chatters? ♪ -♪ Love's the only thing that matters ♪ -♪ Who cares... ♪ -♪ Who cares? ♪ -♪ ...if the sky cares to fall... -♪ Who cares if the sky falls ♪ ♪ in the sea? ♪ -♪ the sea? ♪ -♪ Who cares what headlines are shrieking? ♪ ♪ Long as we two are cheek-to-cheeking? ♪ ♪ Why should I care? ♪ -♪ Why should I... ♪ ♪ Why should I care? ♪ -♪ Life is one long jubilee ♪ -♪ Life's a jubilee ♪ -♪ As long as I care for you ♪ ♪ And you care for me ♪ -You want a drink?

-Can you see any chance for us, Jerry?

-My dear, I never want you to feel obliged simply because my family made sacrifices.

-I know this wasn't part of the deal, but... -Am I enough for you?

-What about you?

My suave good looks and untamed talent gonna be enough for you in the end?

-Ha ha. [ Both laugh ] -Am I enough for you?

-No one on Earth could love you as much as I.

I know that, Lise, if I know nothing else in life.

♪ For you, for me ♪ ♪ Forevermore ♪ ♪ It's bound to be forevermore ♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ It's plain to see ♪ -♪ We've found, by finding each other ♪ ♪ The love we waited for ♪ -Darling.

-♪ I'm yours, you're mine ♪ -♪ I'm yours, you're mine ♪ -♪ And in our hearts ♪ -♪ And in our hearts ♪ -♪ The happy ending starts ♪ -♪ The happy ending starts ♪ -♪ What a lovely world this world will be ♪ ♪ With a world of love in store ♪ ♪ For you, for me ♪ ♪ Forevermore ♪ ♪♪♪ -What's the matter?

-[ Scoffs ] I'm happy.

♪♪♪ Go to bed, my sweet.

-Who are we fooling?

You deserve someone who worships you.

-I do.

Don't you worry I'll pull my funding from the ballet if you walk out? -True.

You like to use your dough to keep everyone in line.


-Is that who you really want to be?

-I don't believe that's who I really am, oddly enough.

-Well, sorry.

Think I'm gonna make an early night of it.

-Life without money is not romantic as in opera.

It's stressful, I hear.

[ Laughter ] -I'll manage. -I didn't plan on... I didn't plan on falling in love with you.

-You did a lot to help me.

And I wish there was some way I could thank you.

-Yeah. We'll think of something.

[ Both chuckle ] -You're a peach, Miss Davenport.


♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ They're writing songs of love ♪ ♪ But not for me ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ A lucky star's above ♪ ♪ But not for me ♪ -♪ Shall we dance to romance? ♪ -♪ With love to lead the way ♪ ♪ I've found more skies of gray ♪ -♪ You'd better dance with the lady ♪ -♪ Than any Russian play... ♪ -♪ Dance, little man ♪ -♪ ...could guarantee ♪ ♪ Dance whenever you can ♪ ♪ I was a fool to fall and get that way ♪ -♪ Who cares? ♪ -♪ Heigh-ho, alas ♪ -♪ Heigh-ho, alas ♪ -♪ And also lack-a-days ♪ -♪ The lonely nights ♪ ♪ Although I can't dismiss... ♪ -♪ If you want this world... ♪ -♪ ...the memory of her kiss ♪ -♪ ...on a string ♪ ♪ You'd better dance with the lady ♪ -♪ I guess she's not for me ♪ -♪ Dance whenever you can ♪ -♪ It all began so well, but what an end ♪ ♪ This is the time a fella needs a friend ♪ ♪ When every happy plot ♪ ♪ Ends in a marriage knot ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ But there's no knot ♪ ♪ For me ♪ ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] [ Music ends ] [ 'Clap Yo' Hands' plays ] ♪♪♪ -♪ Come on, you children ♪ ♪ Gather around ♪ ♪ Gather around, you children ♪ ♪ And we will lose that spirit ♪ ♪ The spirit called the voodoo ♪ ♪ Voodoo ♪ ♪ Voodoo ♪ ♪ La, la, la, la, la ♪ ♪ La, la, la, la ♪ ♪ La, la, la, la, la ♪ ♪ La, la, la, la, la ♪ -[ Laughs ] When we play Radio City Music Hall, we are going to have separate dressing rooms -- two dressers each, many beautiful costumes, and I will have 20 beautiful women to back me up.

-Why? Can't you defend yourself?

[ Laughter ] -Stop making jokes.

-Why do you want to take that beautiful girl to America just when she's about to be a star here in Paris?

-I don't believe I've ever heard you take an interest in another human being's happiness.

Why start now?

-I watch her every day in rehearsal.

S-She's the real thing. What the hell are you doing?

-She has a mind of her own. She's not a slave.

-Oh, yeah? [ Chuckles ] Yeah, from what I see, she bows and scrapes around you and your family.

Why -- Why is she so beholden to you?

-What are you talking about? -Yeah. [ Chuckles ] I, uh, I-I got a ballet to finish and don't know how, so -- so why I'm wasting my time here with you, I really don't know.

-All right.

Lise's father was in the employ of my family, our butler when we would summer in Monte Carlo.

Her mother was with the ballet.

-Go on.

-When she retired, the Dassins returned to Alsace.

When the Maginot Line was crossed, Lise was sent here, her parents intending to follow.

Certainly no one believed the Nazis would dare to take Paris.

-No. [ Sniffles ] I bet a lot of that vichyssoise crowd at your parents' party knew perfectly well what was coming and didn't mind so much.

-Yes, yes. You and your friend Jerry snickered at the formality of my family.

Perhaps you imagine that their morality consists of nothing but posing.

-Oh. [ Chuckles ] -Through the occupation, my family hid Lise in our home.

T-T-They funneled a fortune into the Resistance, where I also worked day and night to see that Lise was not the only one spared.


-My mother is obsessed with appearances because she knows what can happen when you are discovered doing what is right by the wrong people.

Or even by the right people if it is not the right time.

No one can know any of this, please.

-Lise's parents?

-They were arrested.

Beyond that, we have no idea.

-[ Breathes sharply ] I got an idea.

You and your parents took a lot of risks, made a lot of sacrifices. -Correct.

-All to protect a perfectly innocent person.


-And now she has to sacrifice her happiness for you?

-No! Lise loves me and I her!

-Yeah, not the way people mean when they say that word!

She deserves real passion, Henri, real happiness.

-I don't know what you are implying.

-You got charm and talent, my friend.

And what you did during the war, that decency and bravery?

Well, you're gonna have to stick to that road in peacetime unless you want to lose all that shine you've earned.

I'm giving it to you straight.

Okay, you, uh -- you take it or leave it.

-Places, please.

[ 'Clap Yo' Hands' plays ] -♪ Send him to the devil ♪ ♪ Clap-a yo' hands, slap-a yo' thigh ♪ ♪ Hallelujah, hallelujah ♪ ♪ Everybody come along and join the jubilee ♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ [ Music ends ] -I prayed you'd be here.

Milo and I are through.

-Please don't start this again.

-Lise, do you love Henri the way you love me?

-And now... -I need to understand.

-...Henri Baurel.

-It's starting. Go.

[ '(I'll Build a) Stairway to Paradise' plays ] ♪♪♪ -♪ I'll build a stairway to paradise ♪ ♪ With a new step every day ♪ ♪ I'm going to get there at any price ♪ ♪ Stand aside, I'm on my way ♪ ♪ I've got the blues ♪ ♪ And up above, it's so fair ♪ ♪ Shoes ♪ ♪ Go on and carry me there ♪ ♪ I'll build a stairway to paradise ♪ ♪ With a new step every day ♪ ♪♪♪ -Oh!

♪♪♪ -Eyes on the prize, buddy. Think Radio City.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ Ahh, ahh, ahh ♪ -♪ Ahh, ahh, ahh ♪ -♪ Ahh, ahh, ahh ♪ -♪ Ahh, ahh, ahh ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ Ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh ♪ -♪ All you preachers ♪ -♪ Who delight in panning the ♪ -♪ Dancing teachers ♪ -♪ Let me tell you there are a ♪ -♪ Lot of features ♪ -♪ Of the dance that carry you ♪ -♪ Through the gates of Heaven ♪ ♪ It's madness ♪ -♪ To be always sitting ♪ -♪ Around in sadness ♪ -♪ When you could be learning the ♪ -♪ Steps of gladness ♪ -♪ You'll be happy when you can ♪ -♪ Do just six or seven ♪ -♪ Begin today ♪ ♪ You'll find it nice ♪ ♪ The quickest way to paradise ♪ ♪ When you practice ♪ ♪ Here's the thing you do ♪ ♪ Simply say as you go... ♪ What are you doing in my song? -I wrote it.

♪♪♪ -♪ On Monday, happy as a lark ♪ ♪ You'll be getting started ♪ ♪ when you learn to Toe-the-Mark ♪ ♪ That's Toe-the-Mark ♪ -♪ Toe-the-Mark -♪ On Tuesday, then, you ought to show ♪ ♪ Both your little regales ♪ ♪ how to do the Heel-and-Toe ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ That's the Heel-and-Toe ♪ -♪ Heel-and-Toe ♪ -♪ On Wednesday, walk around the block ♪ ♪ And on every corner ♪ ♪ Stop and do the Eagle Rock ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ That's the Eagle Rock ♪ -♪ Eagle Rock ♪ -♪ On Thursday, whistle as you go ♪ ♪ On a journey off to Buffalo ♪ -♪ On Friday, take a little stroll ♪ ♪ And do the Oceana Roll ♪ -♪ Saturday, then you let her go ♪ ♪ When you do the Toadolo ♪ -♪ On Sunday, I can guarantee ♪ ♪ That you can do the Shivaree ♪ -♪ Shivaree ♪ ♪ Shivaree ♪ ♪ Shivaree ♪ -♪ All together, now ♪ -♪ Toe-the-Mark ♪ ♪ Heel-and-Toe ♪ ♪ Eagle Rock ♪ ♪ Off to Buffalo ♪ ♪ Oceana Roll ♪ ♪ Toadolo ♪ ♪ Shivaree ♪ ♪ There you go! ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ I'll build a stairway to paradise ♪ ♪ With a new step every day ♪ ♪ I'm going to get there at any price ♪ ♪ Stand aside, I'm on my way ♪ -♪ I've got the blues ♪ ♪ And up above, it's so fair ♪ ♪ Shoes ♪ ♪ Go on and carry me there ♪ -♪ I'll build a stairway to paradise ♪ -♪ With a new step every day ♪ ♪ With a new ♪ ♪ Step ♪ ♪ Every day ♪ -♪ I'll build a stairway to paradise ♪ ♪ With a new step every day ♪ [ Music stops ] [ Cheers and applause ] [ Music resumes ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ I'll build a stairway to paradise ♪ ♪ With a new step every day ♪ ♪ I'm going to get there at any price ♪ ♪ Stand aside, I'm on my way ♪ ♪ I've got the blues ♪ ♪ And up above, it's so fair ♪ ♪ Shoes ♪ ♪ Go on and carry me there ♪ ♪ I'll build a stairway to paradise ♪ ♪ With a new ♪ ♪ Step ♪ ♪ Every day ♪ [ Music ends ] [ Applause ] -Henri.

You are making a fool of yourself.

Are you so contemptuous of our dignity and privacy as a family?

-Mother and Father, I have kept from you the truth of my desires.

-Not in front of all these strangers.

-Is this why I suggested I bring the Baurels here tonight?

-No, hold on. -I didn't know.

-Did you suggest this? -Yes.

But I didn't know she was asking for Henri's family.

-Let me take us somewhere else.

-No. I wish to go home now. -I'll escort you to your car.

-Mother, Father, I'll be home.

-Who could have thought my own son was capable of such things?

That was absolutely... remarkable, you know!

[ Laughter ] -Oh!

-It would be a terrible waste for you to spend your time in the fabric industry when you have such talent!

-Oh. Uh. Well, yes, uh.

Yes, of course.

I-If only we'd known, but, uh... -Now we do.

-Yes, but I just want everything to stop changing so often and so swiftly.

-Of course.

-You understand?

-Of course, Mother.

I always understand.

-You do.



So marvelous.


And off we go, dear.

Very quickly now, please.

[ Laughter ] -You see, it all worked out. -So you did arrange this.

-No. Lise, let me explain.

-Jerry, just leave her alone. -Why? Get out of my way.

Sorry, okay?

But Lise and I are in love.

-You seem to forget that we are engaged.

-She doesn't need to be bought and sold and treated like a little doll by a mama's boy who couldn't even bother to defend his own country!


-You know so much about other people.

You are so wrong, my friend.

Lise is the one I devote my life to.

Artists are supposed to see more, understand more.

[ Chuckles ] What do you even know about this woman you say you love?

-Henri's no coward, kiddo.

He fought in the Resistance, and his family hid Lise during the war.

S-She's a Jew.

Her parents were arrested by the Nazis.

Henri and his parents saved her life.

-Adam. -Hmm?

Oh, yeah. Don't tell anyone.

[ Laughter ] -Why didn't I see it?

Of course she didn't want to talk about it -- all those years in hiding.

I hated fighting.

And why I had to catch my buddy's brains in my lap, I'll never know.

But if I don't fight now for the one person, the first and only person I've ever loved... Sorry, Henri.

Coward or no, you're still a... to let Lise marry you out of duty instead of love.

It's not good enough, buddy boy.

She's -- -Come, darling.

I have a long day tomorrow, and the score still isn't finished.


-Liza...I'm begging you.


-Well, I always wanted to know who closed the bars, and now I know.

It's me. [ Chuckles ] [ Laughter ] -So much we've had to endure.

Everyone, just... uh, just being alive.

It ain't what they tell you when you're a kid.

So much you can't ever change.


You can.

You -- Oh, that's what I've been missing!


-Oh, that bloody frog was right all along.

-About what? -About my music.

Uh, uh, about art.

Life is already so dark.

If you've got the talent to make it brighter, give people joy and hope, why would you withhold that?

[ Chuckling ] Oh, my God.

Oh, it's got to be a celebration.

This whole ballet, it... ...damn it.

I hate it when French people are right.

[ Laughter ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Thank you.

♪♪♪ [ Music ends ] -I was gonna leave these outside her door, but... -I'll deliver them.


-Oh! -God, uh, huh, excuse me.

I, uh... [ Chuckles ] I gotta go stand in a hole in the ground.


-Uh, with -- with the... -Oh. [ Chuckles ] [ Laughter ] Special delivery!

[ Chuckles ] -Thank you. -I offered to bring them.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ You know, Jerry was never serious about me.

And he taught me something I didn't know.

He, uh... [ Chuckles ] He gave me the truth, which is not something people in my position hear all too often.

Money can't buy love.

Love is given.

Well, as only the French would say at such a happy moment... [ Laughter ] -Oh, it's going to be a fiasco!

-Oh, it's good to be nervous. [ Chuckles ] -It's not nerves.

I don't feel any freedom onstage, no passion.

I have only felt that once in my life, and I can't find it now.

♪♪♪ -Well, think of when you felt it, and then you'll dance like the star you truly are.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Okay.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Tempo slows ] [ Applause ] [ Mid-tempo music plays ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Finale plays ] [ Music ends ] [ Cheers and applause ] [ Cheers and applause continue ] [ Cheers and applause continue ] [ Cheers and applause continue ] [ Cheers and applause continue ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Indistinct conversations ] ♪♪♪ -[ Chuckles ] ♪♪♪ -You were incredible! -Thank you, Jerry.

-But you were! You were on fire!

♪♪♪ -I'm so sorry. -No.

I-I couldn't have danced the way I did tonight without imaging you out there with me.

-Really? [ Glass clinks ] -A toast to our generous benefactress, Milo Davenport.

-Thank you. [ Chuckles ] Most people do what they're told.

But some obey higher laws and choose to do what's right.

To Madam, Monsieur, and Henri Baurel for keeping the flame of art and freedom alive through France's darkest hours.


-Bravo. [ Applause ] -Oh, I never want this night to end.

[ Both chuckle ] You seem a little... -No.

-Are you sure?

♪♪♪ Having a change of heart?

-Maybe finding one. -Ah.

-I really do love her, you know? -I know.

-I just don't know what to do.

-I think you do.

Call me in the morning.

♪♪♪ -Darling, let's take a drive.

♪♪♪ -I-Is everything all right? -Yes.

♪♪♪ Yes.

♪♪♪ -One moment, then I'll change.

♪♪♪ Adam?

You know you made all this happen.

♪♪♪ You did.

You are my American in Paris.

-Well, I-I thank you.

♪♪♪ Uh, Lise?

Y-- [ Chuckles ] Y-You're making a mistake.

Uh, love -- true love -- it's -- it's all that matters.

You know, duty, honor, forget it, but -- but love... Well, love is even more important than art.

-[ Chuckles ] ♪♪♪ Oh, he's waiting.

♪♪♪ -Go. Go.

-Good night, Adam. -Good night.


You are the toast of Paris, you know?

-You're the toast of Paris. -I am?

-It says so in all the papers.

-Every last one. -Mm.

♪♪♪ -So that's how it happened, I guess.

And you know what?

I even got the girl.

Nah, fooled ya, didn't I?

It's true.

I just... I put her in the music, you know, where she belongs.

For me, at least.

[ 'They Can't Take That Away From Me' plays ] ♪ Our romance won't end on a sorrowful note ♪ ♪ Though, by tomorrow, you're gone ♪ ♪ The song is ending, but as the songwriter wrote ♪ ♪ The melody lingers on ♪ ♪ They may take you from me ♪ ♪ I'll miss your fond caress ♪ ♪ But though they take you from me ♪ ♪ I'll still possess ♪ ♪ The way you wear your hat ♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ The way you sip your tea ♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ The memory of all that ♪ -♪ No, no, they can't take that away from me ♪ -♪ The way your smile just beams ♪ -♪ The way you sing off-key ♪ -♪ The way you haunt my dreams ♪ -♪ No, no, they can't take that away from me ♪ ♪ We may never, never meet again ♪ ♪ On the bumpy road to love ♪ ♪ Still, I'll always, always keep the memory of ♪ -♪ The way she holds her knife ♪ -♪ The way she danced till 3:00 ♪ -♪ The way she changed my life ♪ -♪ No, no, they can't take that away from me ♪ -♪ No, they can't take that away ♪ -♪ They can't take that away ♪ -♪ They can't take that away ♪ ♪ From ♪ ♪♪♪ [ Sighs ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Jerry! -Lise!

-Yes, Jerry!

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