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: DVD FICTION PAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
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Caro12
Dec 30, 2019

OK, not great.

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Derringer
Sep 14, 2019

Filmed in b&w - 1961's "Paris Blues" was shot on location in the city of Paris, France which gave the viewer a really good perspective on how that European urban center looked nearly 60 years ago.

This film also featured some really excellent, mid-20th century jazz music which certainly helped to bolster-up its decidedly shallow story about the petty personal dramas, and the frivolous romantic pursuits of 2 American musicians who were living in Paris at the time.

Without this film's foreign setting and its jazzy music, I'd say that "Paris Blues" would've been, otherwise, a pretty forgettable picture.

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ManMachine
Sep 10, 2019

IMO - The absolute best parts of 1961's "Paris Blues" were - (1) - Its swinging jazz music score which had been co-written by Duke Ellington - (and) - (2) - The appearance of legendary American trumpeter, Louis Armstrong who, literally, stole the show with his engaging musical number.

Other than that - With this film's action being set in Paris, France - I thought that the unwelcome romantic angle to the story (which involved 2 American jazz musician/buddies (one black, one white) meeting up with 2 American babes (one black, one white) who were vacationing in Paris at the time) was just too corny (and, yes, too irksome) for words.

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ThomasJWhiting
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.

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imagenel
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.

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akirakato
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.

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houman_babai
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.

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voisjoe1_0
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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