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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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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

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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

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

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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Connections

Referenced in American Masters: Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Guitar Amour
Music by Duke Ellington
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York on May 2 & 3, 1961.
Label - United Artists
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French clichés by the bundle
20 August 2000 | by _DanSee all my reviews

Being french I always have difficulties watching american movies shot in France. The reason is that everybody is a poet or a lover.

Paris Blues is one of those Postal Card movies. The plot is not bad and remind us of a fact that american jazzmen where treated like Kings in Paris in the 50s and 60s. The music is very well syncronised with the music scenes, you wonder if Paul Newman learned how to play the trombone!

But I started to use the fast-forward button on my remote when everybody falls in love and take long walks until the sunrise and eat croissants and coffee. We got all the clichés, the promenade on the Champs Élysée, the friendly vendor at the market etc.. At one point you don't know if they are in the garden of Eden or what. This has not changed a whole lot in american films since then (Green Card, French Kiss, the list can go on and on..).

Not such a bad movie if you like post-cards.. :)


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