Paris Blues

Paris Blues

DVD - 2014
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Two American jazz musicians living in Paris fall in love with two girls on vacation from America. They must decide whether to stay in Paris for their music careers, or move back to America for love.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Lorber, ©2014
Branch Call Number: PAR
Characteristics: 1 DVD (approximately 98 minutes)


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Feb 16, 2018

VERY GOOD 1961 film set in Paris - fine acting by Newman, Poitier and the ladies.
Interesting jazz music, including some Louis Armstrong.

Aug 17, 2017

An early Martin Ritt (Norma Rae, and many other films with Newman, Poitier, etc. google); a bit trite: boys meet and split with girls, etc. But it's FUN to watch Newman & Poitier as a very convincing jazz duo, and an endearing reminder that Newman & Woodward were the most enduring couple in life and on screen (despite personal tragedies). In case you haven't, watch Mr. and Mrs Bridge, directed by the venerable Merchant-Ivory.

May 16, 2017

This is a 1961 American drama directed by Martin Ritt, based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Harold Flender.
The two men romance two vacationing American tourists, Connie Lampson (Diahann Carroll) and Lillian Corning (Joanne Woodward) respectively.
These romances appear so unrealistic, silly and unbelievable while these women are on a two-week vacation that I feel utterly cheated.
The film also features trumpeter Louis Armstrong (as Wild Man Moore) and jazz pianist Aaron Bridgers.
Both play music within the film.
The music seems okay, but the romantic drama looks like a cheap pulp fiction.

Sep 11, 2015

Cool music, great actors, shot in paris. Deals with racial issues, drug abuse. Not as intense as it sounds. Enjoyable pace. It was a pleasure to watch poitier acting with an understate style.

Feb 05, 2015

Paris Blues, filmed in Paris, tells the story of two young American women (played by Joanne Woodward and Diahann Carroll) vacation in Paris and meet two American jazz musicians (played by Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman). With this film we get some 60’s jazz and some romance and a lot of decision making about what is home, what is career, and the difference in race relations in America and France. After all, the great African-American novelist left American for France because he could stand the racism he confronted daily in America. In the film Diahann Carroll was trying to convince the Poitier character to come back home with her claim that race relations had improved in the last five years. In real life, while the careers of Newman, Woodward, and Poitier were soaring, Carroll found out that that racism was so prevalent in America that she couldn’t crack the glass ceiling for black actresses in Hollywood.

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