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Paris Blues

Paris Blues (1998)

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Critic Reviews: 2
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The second film of director Martin Ritt with both Paul Newmanand Sidney Poitier, it's set in a city that has long been a haven for black musicians eager to escape the racism of the U.S. Newman is Ram Bowen, a trombone player who makes his living in a jazz group, which also includes tenor man Eddie Cook (Sidney Poitier), while studying music and aspiring to a career as a "serious" composer. Eddie stays in Paris to bask in the respect that its people feel for his music, a respect rarely accorded

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (3)

All it lacks is something to pull these parts into a sensible whole.

February 9, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Within its snappy, flashy veneer is an undernourished romantic drama of a rather traditional screen school.

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Louis Armstrong lends his legendary horn to great effect in a musical sequence in this classic gem of a movie.

May 6, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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A low key, plotless but charming film that benefits from its appealing cast, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll, on location shooting in Paris, and Oscar-nominated jazz music from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

April 4, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Newman is terrific in the picture, running both hot and cool, but he's upstaged by Woodward, who delivers stunning and surprising emotion in the final scenes. It's really worth seeing.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Roman Holiday for beatnik hipsters

August 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The story is slim but the jazz is great.

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The jazz is hot, the romance is not so hot.

December 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Great music, middling drama. Joanne Woodward comes off best.
May 19, 2014
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Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier and Louis Armstrong. Score by Duke Ellington, directed by Martin Ritt. Jazz musicians in Paris. This movie sounds amazing and should be astonishing, right? The problem is that its not. The fifth of the movie that actually has to do with jazz gets farted on by how dislikable Newman's character is or how little you care about Joanne Woodward's character. The whole Poitier contrived social consciousness thing where he walked around with Diahann Carrol for half the movie was dull. Not to mention the nonsensical yet predictable ending. But for as much as I bitch about this movie the scenery and photography were great as was any scene with Armstrong.
August 24, 2011
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