In The French Style

Synopsis: A young American girl studying art in Paris can't decide if she wants to stay or go back home. She meets a young French boy and they fall in love, but her wealthy father arrives in Paris to take her back to the U.S.
Genre: Drama, Romance
105 min







I said you were right not to want to go in.

It isn't worth the trouble.

The pictures are awful and

the people are worse.

If it wasn't my duty, I would never

come to one of these things.

Your duty? Are you a critic?

No, I am the brother of the artist.

Do you want to meet him?

He is not worth meeting,

though, I assure you.

(CHUCKLES) I'll take your word for it.

Are you really interested in paintings?

In a way.

Would you like to see a beautiful painting?

Not like these, these

neurotic monkey-scratches.

Yes, if it's not too far.

Ten minutes from here.

Come. I have transportation.

What do you think?

I hate it. What?


Because I am a painter myself.

And I know I'll never be able

to paint anything as good.


In that case, I will take you to dinner.

Do you always drink

Coca-Cola with your dinner?

No, not always.

Why? Does it displease you?

Well, it sort of reminds me of Chicago.

You do not wish to be reminded of Chicago?

Not at the moment.

Do you always drink wine with your dinner?

Well, since I came to France.

Alcohol is the curse of France.

Wine has reduced this country

to a second-rate power.

Oh. Don't let me embarrass you.

Drink if you wish.

Well, I don't want to be reduced

to a second-rate power.

Now you're making fun of me.

Only a little.

How long have you been in Paris?

Six months.

How much longer do you intend to stay?

Another six months.

Then the money runs out.



I've been studying you all

through dinner and...

Couldn't we speak French?

Every time I say two words in French

to anybody in this country,

they break immediately into English.

I'll never learn the language this way.

If you wish.


I'm sorry. You go too fast.

I said, I have been studying

you all through dinner,

and I have some good advice to offer you.

What's that?

Leave Paris, leave France

as soon as possible.

Well, that isn't very

hospitable, I must say.

Let me warn you.

It is difficult enough to

be a French girl in Paris.

To be an American girl is impossible.

Paris is a city with a hard heart.

It is a factory for the production

of egotists and cynics.

If I had any power over you, I

would send you away tomorrow.

What about you? You're here.

A man is different.

Even so, when I'm finished with my

studies, I'm getting out as soon as I can.

Where are you going to go?

Mmm, in Africa, Asia, South America.

I am going to be an engineer.

I intend to build dams

and bridges and roads

in the jungle, in the desert,

in the wildest mountains,

away from all this

chi-chi, all this gossip,

all this money-making and playing politics.

Have I convinced you?

Are you taking the first

plane tomorrow morning?


That means I can take you

to dinner tomorrow night.

I'm afraid I can't ask you in.

Our landlady doesn't allow us to

bring men into the apartment.

How wise she is!

I now say goodnight. Oh.

Well, goodnight.

Till tomorrow.

But tell your brother I hope

his show's a great success.

You're wrong to encourage him.

May I ask you a question?

Yes. What?

How old are you?


I trust you do not object to

going out with older men.


Because I'm 21.

Please don't get killed on the way home.

I shall drive like an old

lady with rheumatism.

I promise you.






Why did you do that?

Because it's Sunday.

Don't ever do anything like that again.

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Irwin Shaw

Irwin Shaw (February 27, 1913 – May 16, 1984) was an American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and short-story author whose written works have sold more than 14 million copies. He is best known for two of his novels: The Young Lions (1948), about the fate of three soldiers during World War II, made into a film of the same name starring Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, and Rich Man, Poor Man (1970), about the fate of two siblings after World War II. In 1976, a popular miniseries was made into a highly popular miniseries starring Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte, and Susan Blakely. more…

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