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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
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 »
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 »
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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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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