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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 »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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

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Trivia

Paul Newman was coached in playing the trombone by Billy Byers while the playing for Newman on the soundtrack was done by Murray McEachern. Sidney Poitier's tenor sax playing was done by Paul Gonsalves. The soundtrack was recorded May 1-3, 1961 at Reeves Sound Studios in New York City. 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: You'd think he'd be exhausted after working all night.
Eddie Cook: Not him. I've seen him go like this for a week. Ten days, just balling it up. And then.
[collapses]
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Connections

Referenced in American Masters: Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000) 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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"Bluer" than meets the eye (or ear)
14 August 2009 | by mdeweySee all my reviews

This is not merely a movie about race, jazz, drug use, love affairs, Parisian scenery, etc. It's a movie about all the aforementioned and then some. Ritt & Co. go deeper than just superficially touching on so-called hip, trendy issues. Each character portrayed has his/her own set of "blues" to contend with and no individual set of "blues" is merely confined to one sole issue, but rather a complex mixture of many factors that comprise each of our character's makeup. It is in the intertwining of each character's individual persona with the other characters' own traits and idiosyncrasies that lets the story unfold and take cohesive shape. Successes and failures are inextricably linked, as in Ram's (Newman) fame as a jazz soloist counterpointed with his rejection as a serious composer/arranger. Eddie (Poitier) also has his own set of personal conflicts that are duly explored here.

Joanne Wodward, Diahann Carrol and Barbara Laage (in a more minor role, albeit soulful and penetrating) all hit their mark with humor, depth and candor. Serge Reggiani's role as the junkie guitar player adds his own set of "blues" to an already spicy mixture of music, love, rejection and pathos. "Satchmo" and company provide a most welcome musical interlude at just the right time to lighten up the plot just a bit!

A timelessly entertaining film.


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Language:

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Release Date:

20 November 1961 (Sweden) See more »

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