I can’t tell you how excited I was to stumble upon Paris Blues, a star-studded hidden gem featuring Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Diahann Carroll, Joanne Woodward, Louis Armstrong AND music by Duke Ellington… *flops*
What’s it all about?
“Ram Bowen (Paul Newman) and Eddie Cook (Sidney Poitier) are two expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris where, unlike America at the time, Jazz musicians are celebrated and racism is a non-issue. When they meet and fall in love with two young American girls, Lillian (Joanne Woodward) and Connie (Diahann Carroll), who are vacationing in France, Ram and Eddie must decide whether they should move back to America with them, or stay in Paris for the freedom it allows them.” – via IMDB
It’s a diamond. It rolls out at a pretty measured pace giving you time to soak up this relaxed jazz milieu and so good choice for a Sunday afternoon.
Here’s my 5 on it…
- Star. Studded! It’s like a film with all my favourite people and to have Paul Newman AND Sidney Poitier in one film. *swoon*
- That scene where Ram only has eyes for Connie, and tries to steal her away from Eddie.
- The interesting subplot around African Americans seeking refuge in Paris from the racial tension of the US. Sidney’s love of Paris freedom vs Diahann’s commitment to support her community back home.
- Wardrobe inspiration. From Diahann Carroll’s winter coats to Joanne Woodward’s lingerie
- In 5 words I’d describe it as: edgy, political, provocative, chilled and very jazzy!