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116 Ratings

Paris Blues

Directed by Martin Ritt
United States, 1961
Drama, Romance, Musical


Ram Bowen and Eddie Cook are two expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris, where Jazz musicians are celebrated and racism is a non-issue. They meet and fall in love with two young American girls, Lillian and Connie, who are vacationing in France.

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Paris Blues Directed by Martin Ritt

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1962 | Nominee: Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

Critics reviews

Newman gets to play the self-indulgent artist. Ms. Carroll’s and Mr. Poitier’s characters are somewhat stilted grown-ups who deliver the movie’s didactic message: His character has experienced the French respect for American culture; now it’s time for him to reclaim his birthright and fight for respect back home.
August 15, 2014
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Despite how square this movie about hepcats seems—if only from the admittedly unfair vantage point of more than five decades on—expressions of raw emotion stir Paris Blues to life. Among the transfixed clubgoers listening to Ram play “Mood Indigo,” none seems more turned on than Lillian; the look of pure, dreamy pleasure on Woodward’s face gives a hint into what sustained the actress’s long, happy marriage to Newman, then in its third year.
July 28, 2014
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