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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

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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

Marlon Brando's Pennebaker Films co-produced, and Paul Newman was cast after Brando lost interest in the film. Marilyn Monroe was also considered for the Woodward role before she too lost interest. 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: You know, everybody's always waiting for everybody else to take a chance because they're so afraid!
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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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7 February 2002 | by babcocktSee all my reviews

PARIS BLUES won't change your life unless you were one of those people (and I count myself one of them) that has been teetering on the verge of Euro-philia and this is the final straw to make you sell off all that crap you've acumulated over the years and live like a peddler just to be in Paris. Even if you are not, this movie could make you think twice. The core of the film is basically by-rote romances that, in themselves, would be non-descipt except for the fact that nothing Paul Newman touches can be bland. It is the elements surrounding these two romances that makes the film worth watching. Generally, to be a watchable film, the sum of the parts have to add up to more than the whole. Here, the film is simply the sum of it's parts...and those parts are wonderful. If I was to tell somebody there was a film out there where Paul Newman romances Joanne Woodward in a fifties jazz club in Paris alongside Sidney Pointier while they compete with Louis Armstrong most would go "What?Where? What movie?" which was exactly my reaction. Paris, Jazz, coffee...Newman. It's a confection with absolutely no nutritional value and yet you feel so much better having tried it.


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