Paris Blues

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Harlem's Rating

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…

  1. Star. Studded! It’s like a film with all my favourite people and to have Paul Newman AND Sidney Poitier in one film. *swoon*
  2. That scene where Ram only has eyes for Connie, and tries to steal her away from Eddie.
  3. 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.
  4. Wardrobe inspiration. From Diahann Carroll’s winter coats to Joanne Woodward’s lingerie
  5. In 5 words I’d describe it as: edgy, political, provocative, chilled and very jazzy!

The Breakdown

Amongst many other things, I'm a 30-something contemplative Londoner making the daily commute between contentment and ambition.When not blogging, I'm using my talents for good as communications director at Gingerland and co-founder of Love Harlem.


  • Reply February 12, 2012



    I love black and white movies especially Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Imitation of Life. I haven’t seen Paris Blue and will defintely watch this movie. Thanks.


    • Reply February 12, 2012


      You’re welcome! Do let me know what you think!

      H x

  • Reply February 15, 2012


    Hi,an exceptional post!! Paries Blues!!! was it maovie??

  • Reply March 5, 2012

    Chikki H.

    This film is really old. I haven’t heard of it and I’m quite curious about the story line. Thanks for sharing the video. Who was your favorite star in that movie by the way?


  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Kim Kidman

    You did a great review here. I haven’t seen Paris Blues as yet. I’ll see it right away. Thanks for sharing the video.

  • Reply April 22, 2012


    Was on TV in Australia Saturday night 21st April 2012.
    Great cast, fantastic music, and the cars… die for.

    Loved it in black and white that is a must for moody Paris in Autumn.

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