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Paris Blues (1961)

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 September 1961 (USA) 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although Duke Ellington received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Scoring a Musical Picture, this film is not a musical, but rather a romantic drama in a jazz-music setting. 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

Ram Bowen: You just picked the wrong guy for what you wanted.
Lillian Corning: Yeah?
Ram Bowen: Yeah. I'm not on the market.
Lillian Corning: I wasn't shopping.
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Connections

Referenced in American Masters: Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000) 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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What is Cool?
12 January 2006 | by rhamil3863-1See all my reviews

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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