"I moved to Paris in 2003. I am retired, black and american. Friends always asked ... why Paris? I kept saying, I vacationed in Paris but never found the moment until today...
I finally can identify when I first fell in love with Paris. It was when I was 10 years old and saw the movie Paris Blues. It starred Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward but what struck me was it also starred Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll, that was unheard off back then but I was too young to know. I still remember a scene with Diahann Carroll wearing this coat. It was then that a quiet seed was planted inside me to love Paris. I don't recall who was with me that day, I just remember the film and I remember wishing it would come on television; I have no memory of seeing it again.
What made it standout was that they Poitier and Carroll were featured in roles equal to Newman and Woodward. I never forgot that movie, it is truly the reason I fell in Love with Paris. Later, I went to the little store across from our place at 16th & Ridge and discovered a cheap perfume called , Evening in Paris, incredible. I tear up with this memory. I was somehow able to come up with the money to buy a bottle. A defining moment! Please, where and when can I find the DVD: The movie comes on Paris TV today at 11h25 and I will be watching.
Bomojaz | South Central PA, USA | 02/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier are two expatriot jazz musicians living in Paris; Newman is there to compose serious music and Poitier to escape from racial prejudice in the US. Along come Joanne Woodward and Diahann Carroll on vacation, and in a flash they're paired off and in love. Carroll wants Poitier to return to the US ("life is better there now for blacks," she says). Newman wants to go back to America with Woodward, but realizes that music is his whole life and must pursue it further in Paris on his own. Since it's a jazz movie there's the obligatory drug scene with one of the other musicians. The plot and the writing are not that strong, but Newman (in only his second featured role) is pretty good. And when things start to sag, on comes Louis Armstrong for a swinging jam session (can't beat that!). Duke Ellington is responsible for the great musical score. Murray MacEachern dubbed Newman's trombone work, and Paul Gonsalves did Poitier's tenor sax dubs."
We Want The DVD!!!
Mrs D Smallman | Wayne, PA United States | 03/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, including me there are now 4 reviews begging for a release of this movie on DVD. Come on, people, let your voices be heard!!! If you would like to see this movie released in DVD format, write in or at least give a helpful vote to those who have written, so they can see how many others are waiting. To anybody who hasn't seen this movie, it is a very captivating tale about two jazz musicians (Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier) living in Paris. The music is fantastic, including a very uplifiting cameo by Satchmo himself, Louis Armstrong. Jazz lovers and fans of old black & white films will absolutely love this. And even if you're not a specific fan of these, there is a great story that will keep you interested."
Paris Blues - DVD PLEASE!!!!!!
Richard K. Heilman | Santa Barbara, Ca. USA | 03/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A fabulous movie all around: great plot,acting, music, and cinematography. Moody and atmospheric, it wonderfully captures the Paris '50-'60 jazz scene. BUT CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE FIND A WAY TO GET THIS ONTO DVD!!!"
Four pretty people - and Paris too!
Joseph L. Schofield | West Haven, CT United States | 01/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie during its original theatrical release and never forgot its magic. Viewing it again nearly forty years later, the magic remained. A slight premise took on depth and meaning in the hands of these four actors. It could have become soap or melodrama - it stayed within its modest limits to let us enjoy the chemistry of these four fine players together. I cannot believe that Newman and Poitier never did anything else together - nor did Woodward and Poitier, nor Carroll and Newman. A sequel to this movie would have such great promise, depicting the lives of these characters (same players0 forty years later. But if not, we'll always have Paris - Blues, that is."