The titular character of this Vincente Minnelli-Arthur Freed gem is a poor-but-happy Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly), a Yankee G.I. who stayed in Paris to pursue his dream of becoming a painter. He meets and falls in love with the lovely Lise (Leslie Caron), unaware that she is engaged to someone else. When she finally informs him of her other relationship, he is crushed — but later spies her (and her husband to be) at a lavish ball. They share a brief final moment on a balcony before the movie proceeds to its unforgettable — and wordless — final scene: the mesmerizing 15-minute “An American in Paris” ballet, which shows Jerry’s pursuit of Lise in a swirling kaleidoscope of dance styles and visual motifs.