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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
This movie is one of my all time favorites. It epitomizes the "cool" of integrated 1960's Paris where so many Americans of all races sought refuge and escape from the limitations posed by racism in America. It also explores the issues of and differences in race in the USA and in France(Paris). The music is "grand" and the scenario is spectacular. I think it's a fun and interesting film that should be in any jazz lovers library. Paul Newman and Sidney Poiter click so well, and the ladies(Joanne Woodward and Diane Carroll) are simply fabulous. I don't think this movie would have the same appeal and believability if it had been filmed in the USA. I believe this film was a labor of love and friendship on the parts of its cast members, and it shows. I love Paris!
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