Paris Blues

1961

Action / Drama / Music / Romance

26
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 66%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 2039

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Paul Newman as Ram Bowen
Joanne Woodward as Lillian Corning
Sidney Poitier as Eddie Cook
Diahann Carroll as Connie Lampson
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by moonspinner55 3 / 10

"Music is my life...the rest is just icing on the cake, you dig?"

Location-rich, jazz-inspired melodrama about a café band on the Left Bank of Paris led by two Americans: a white, moody trombone player and his only true friend, a black saxophonist who has deliberately blinded himself to the plight of minorities. Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier are well cast, but their scratchy friendship has a false-front (it never feels real or lived in); right at the beginning, the men get into a fight over their music, which confusingly flares up out of nowhere and dissipates in much the same fashion. The pair quickly take up with two female tourists (matched as if by skin color), but lovemaking and sight-seeing take a backseat to squabbles over their differences. Martin Ritt-directed soaper is not nearly as full of music as it is talk, which is a shame considering the dialogue is so banal it overwhelms the picture. The women's roles are particularly ineffective, with Joanne Woodward looking lost in an unplayable role and Diahann Carroll exasperating as a schoolteacher who seems to want to start a race war. Duke Ellington received an Oscar nomination for his score, fitting since the sounds (and also the sights, as photographed by the efficient Christian Matras) are really all the film has going for it. *1/2 from ****

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 4 / 10

Just didn't work for me

I'm sure there are people who will like watching Paris Blues. Paul Newman fans, or Sidney Poitier fans, or those who like Paris or jazz music, but even though I'm 2 for 4, I found too many problems with the movie to enjoy it.

First of all, even though Paul Newman made a career out of playing "the bad boy", he didn't really pull it off this time around. He and Sidney are nightlife jazz musicians. They are supposed to be seedy, bad quality, different-dame-a-night swingers. Then why did both of them look incredibly clean cut, with never a hair out of place? I just didn't buy it when they'd say, "Can you dig it?" It felt like they were in a movie parodying the 1960s and they didn't know what they were talking about.

Second, Joanne Woodward and Diahann Carroll play girlfriends on a two-week Paris vacation. They're not even off the train when Paul hits on Diahann, completely ignoring Joanne, who incidentally looks prettier than she usually does. Joanne is taken with him, so they go the low-life dive nightclub where he works and listen to him play. Once again, Paul hits on Diahann and is incredibly rude to Joanne. He pushes her away repeatedly and tells her to find someone else for what she wants. But Joanne wants to be an incredibly stupid woman. Seriously, what's her problem? She just arrived in Paris! There are nightclubs and seedy musicians everywhere—what's so special about Paul Newman? He's downright mean to her constantly. She knows where he stands. But he's the one for her? Both romances are quite stupid. Diahann and Sidney are awkward at best; it's as if they used one take to say their lines in the worst, most comical way possible, and that's the take the director kept. Joanne and Paul are mismatched; sometimes star-crossed lovers are a good plot point, but in Paris Blues it's just badly written. Throughout the entire movie, she's incredibly stupid, but she comes up with spur-the-moment zingers that don't fit her character.

"I told you from the beginning, I'm not on the market," Paul says. With a look that's supposed to be smoldering, but just comes across as confused, Joanne says, "I wasn't shopping," before leaving the room. I wasn't amused.

Reviewed by writers_reign 6 / 10

Eiffel Trifle

In, I think, either Annie Hall or Manhattan, Woody Allen's character noted that in his family the biggest sin was buying retail. In my book it's sloppiness; sloppy writing, sloppy researching and this movie hits one out of the park as early as the opening credits which proclaim: introducing Serge Reggiani. That's breathtaking whichever way you look at it given that Paris Blues was Regiani's 40th - count 'm 40th - movie. Okay, the majority of these were French but they included such titles as La Ronde, Les Amants de Verone, Casque d'Or not forgetting Act Of Love, starring Kirk Douglas. In Paris Blues he plays a jazz guitarist known as the 'gypsy' an oh-so-subtle nod to Django Reindhart, an internationally renowned French jazz guitarist with celebrated gypsy blood. The film, shot in black and white, is about as far from a travelogue/valentine to Paris as you can get, set largely in the small jazz clubs on the Left Bank and although it does introduce themes like racism - Sidney Poitier's character had settled in Paris so that he could be just a musician as opposed to a Black musician; Diahann Carroll, the American tourist who falls in love with him is a committed campaigner for Civil Rights - it fails to address them adequately. If beguiling ninety minutes painlessly is your thing then this should hit the spot.

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