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Paris Blues (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 20 November 1961 (Sweden)
During the 1960s, two American expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in love with two American tourist girls.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Jack Sher (screenplay), Irene Kamp (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Newman ... Ram Bowen
Joanne Woodward ... Lillian Corning
Sidney Poitier ... Eddie Cook
Louis Armstrong ... Wild Man Moore
Diahann Carroll ... Connie Lampson
Barbara Laage ... Marie Séoul
André Luguet ... René Bernard
Marie Versini ... Nicole
Moustache ... Mustachio
Aaron Bridgers Aaron Bridgers ... Pianist
Guy Pedersen Guy Pedersen ... Bass Player
Serge Reggiani ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 November 1961 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

París vive de noche See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the shooting, Paul Newman and his wife got tired of French food restaurants and searched for backyards, in deep winter, to grill steaks. The neighbors got aghast. See more »

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As the 'river boat scene' ends, Ram looks over the bow of the boat, but the very next cut is to a trailing wake, which is at the stern. 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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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Paris Blues
Music by Duke Ellington
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York on May 2 & 3, 1961.
Label - United Artists
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Paris Blues
23 November 2005 | by curt-34See all my reviews

I recommend this movie whole heartedly. Some will say that Paris Blues is about love, but I say it is about living life despite love. The movie made me remember that there was actually a time when people dressed well, gathered in smoke filled rooms, and listened to live music. Living in Paris in the 1920s and 30s must have been great-compared to our shabby times where fun is relative to the size of your TV and the number of people who are NOT there with you! There are many actors and actresses in this movie who did not go on to well deserved greatness, but their message is clear: When feeling forced to forsake yourself for the sake of love, choose yourself and you'll have both. Choose love and have neither.


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