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Paris Blues (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 27 September 1961 (USA)
During the 1960s, two American ex-pat jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in-love with two American tourist girls.

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Lillian Corning
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Eddie Cook
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Wild Man Moore
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Connie Lampson
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Marie Séoul
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René Bernard
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Michel 'Gypsy' Devigne
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Storyline

Ram Bowen and Eddie Cook are two expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris where, unlike the US at the time, Jazz musicians are celebrated and racism is a non-issue. When they meet and fall in love with two young American girls, Lillian and Connie, who are vacationing in France, Ram and Eddie must decide whether they should move back to the US with them, or stay in Paris for the freedom it allows them. Ram, who wants to be a serious composer, finds Paris too exciting and is reluctant to give up his music for a relationship, and Eddie wants to stay for the city's more tolerant racial atmosphere. Written by alfiehitchie

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A Love So Spectacular, So Personally Exciting, You Feel It Happening To You!

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Drama | Music | Romance

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27 September 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

París vive de noche  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Marlon Brando's Pennebaker Films co-produced, and Paul Newman was cast after Brando lost interest in the film. Marilyn Monroe was also considered for the Woodward role before she too lost interest. See more »

Goofs

When Louis Armstrong and his band come into the club, the patrons are clapping to the wrong beat. The clapping on the pre-recorded soundtrack is on the second and fourth beats, while the patrons are seen clapping on the first and third beats. See more »

Quotes

Lillian Corning: Well, a vacation certainly goes awfully fast, doesn't it, when you're having a good time. I want to do something, though. I'd like to give you a going away present. You may not like it, but I don't care. It's just this: You're never gonna forget me. You're gonna walk down the street of wherever you happen to be, and you're gonna see me, even when you know I'm not there. And nobody in this whole world is ever going to be as right for you as I was. For 12 days, in Paris, in the Autumn. 'Cause ...
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Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Take The 'A' Train
(uncredited)
Music by Billy Strayhorn
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York on May 2 & 3, 1961.
Label - United Artists
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multiple subplots - deeper than suggested
21 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this movie has been mischaracterized as a fluffy love story, it is not. this film examines racial equality and the differences between France and the us in accepting people of color as more than "help" or as something to fear. this film also touches on the popularity of jazz music, and showcases authentic early jazz as well as painting a picture of the hip jazz subculture, including smoky clubs, late nights and loose women. the film also shows the journey of young musicians trying to find their style and find a place for themselves as jazz composers- not just as musicians. finally, this movie does reflect aspects of a love story- but in examining the film on a deeper level one finds that there really is no love, rather it is a commentary on disconnected, self-indulgent lust. finally - Louis Armstrong appeared and played in the movie- Does it get any better?


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