Paris Blues
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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 him in the States. A pair of tourists, Connie Lampson (Diahann Carroll) and Lillian… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All it lacks is something to pull these parts into a sensible whole."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Louis Armstrong lends his legendary horn to great effect in a musical sequence in this classic gem of a movie."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Roman Holiday for beatnik hipsters"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Within its snappy, flashy veneer is an undernourished romantic drama of a rather traditional screen school."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The story is slim but the jazz is great."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Artforum
"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."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"The jazz is hot, the romance is not so hot."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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