Paris Blues Overview:

Paris Blues (1961) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Martin Ritt and produced by George Glass, Walter Seltzer, Sam Shaw and Lee Katz.

Academy Awards 1961 --- Ceremony Number 34 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - ScoringDuke EllingtonNominated
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VIVE LA FRANCE! Blogathon: Paris Blues (1961)

on Aug 25, 2019 From Caftan Woman

We are being swept up in a Bastille Day celebration with Patricia of Lady Eve's Reel Life and Christian of Silver Screen Modes. Click HERE and cheer Vive la France! Paris is filled with Parisiens Fans greet their idol, "Wild Man" Moore Louis Armstrong Parisiens who play and work at... Read full article


Paris Blues (1961)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 1, 2019 From 4 Star Films

I’m the first to admit I’m no jazz connoisseur but I dig it. In this age that we now live in of shuffling and song roulette — where the single has?surged passed a cohesive album?in terms of?singular importance — there has been some small amount of education going on for me. A... Read full article


Paris Blues (1961)

By Beatrice on Jun 19, 2017 From Flickers in Time

Paris Blues Directed by Martin Ritt Written by Jack Sher, Irene Kamp, and Walter Bernstein; adapted by Lulla Rosenfeld from a novel by Harold Flender 1961/USA Pennebaker Productions/Diane Productions/Jason Films/Monica Corp./Monmouth First viewing/You Tube Part romance, part travelogue, and part ... Read full article


Paris Blues (1961, Martin Ritt)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Feb 18, 2017 From The Stop Button

It?d be easily to blame Paris Blues?s lack of success on the screenplay. With three credited screenwriters and another with the adaptation, there?s literally not enough going on the film to keep it going for the ninety-eight minute runtime. There?s filler, whether it?s a jazz number or a scenic Pari... Read full article


Paris Blues (1961)

By Angela on Aug 8, 2012 From Hollywood Revue

Ram Bowen (Paul Newman) and Eddie Cook (Sidney Poitier) are a couple of American musicians living in Paris.? They each have their own reasons for living there instead of America.? In Paris, Eddie doesn’t face the kind of discrimination he would in America and Ram thinks living there is good fo... Read full article


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Quotes from

Ram Bowen: You just picked the wrong guy for what you wanted.
Lillian Corning: Yeah?
Ram Bowen: Yeah. I'm not on the market.
Lillian Corning: I wasn't shopping.


Lillian Corning: I'd like to give you a going away present. You may not like it, but I don't care. It's just this: you're never gonna forget me. You're gonna walk down the street of wherever you happen to be, you're gonna see me, even when you know I'm not there. And nobody is ever gonna be as right for you as I was for twelve days in Paris in the autumn 'cause that was your gift to me.


Ram Bowen: You just do anything I say, don't you?
Lillian Corning: Well, I want to stay.
Ram Bowen: You're a nut. Well, I ain't gettin' involved with no nut!


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Facts about

it was during filming of this that Joanne Woodward became pregnant with Melissa, who was born the day the film opened in the US
Marlon Brando's Pennebaker Films co-produced, and Paul Newman was cast after Brando lost interest in the film. Marilyn Monroe was also considered for the Woodward role before she too lost interest.
Although Duke Ellington received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Scoring a Musical Picture, this film is not a musical, but rather a romantic drama in a jazz-music setting.
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