Customer Reviews


8 Reviews
5 star:
 (4)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked little classic
Paris Blues is based on Harold Flender`s novel of the same title and tells the story of two American jazz musicians living in Paris who fall for two American tourists, consequently forcing them to choose between love and music. Hollywood of course avoided controversy by side-stepping Flender`s original storyline of interracial love, so we get Paul Newman in the leading...
Published on 16 May 2009 by J. Mcdonald

versus
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at the jazz scene in 1960s France
Set in the racially relaxed jazz scene in Paris in the early 1960s, this bittersweet Martin Ritt film focuses on two American Jazz musicians (Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier) living and working in Paris who encounter two American girls (Joanne Woodward, Diahann Carroll) on vacation. Romance ensues but with complications. Shot in handsome black and white by the great French...
Published on 9 Dec 2010 by The CinemaScope Cat


Most Helpful First | Newest First

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked little classic, 16 May 2009
By 
J. Mcdonald "Yelochre" (Glasgow, UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Paris Blues [DVD] (DVD)
Paris Blues is based on Harold Flender`s novel of the same title and tells the story of two American jazz musicians living in Paris who fall for two American tourists, consequently forcing them to choose between love and music. Hollywood of course avoided controversy by side-stepping Flender`s original storyline of interracial love, so we get Paul Newman in the leading role and Sidney Poitier as his friend and side-man, with Joanne Woodward and Diahann Carroll as the respective love interests. Despite the "love story" label, the film is quite a serious little affair, dealing with issues of race, dedication to music and (hey, its in the Hollywood rule book) drug addiction in the life of jazz musicians.
For all that, its an entertaining and enjoyable little movie with a terrific Duke Ellington score and a cameo appearance by Louis Armstrong. The music is not sidelined either, with several complete numbers either as performance scenes (the great Britt Woodman dubbed for Newman`s trombone solos) or as background for location scenes. Much of the film was shot on location and it has that black and white 60`s nostalgia thing working for it. The print quality is pretty good, a few minor blemishes here and there, but the original film ratio has been kept (Optimum appear to have licenced the release from MGM so this is probably the best print we`ll get). The blurb on the box says "Paris Blues is a must-have for music and film fans alike" and I can`t argue with that. Buy it before they discover it has jazz in it and they delete it.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at the jazz scene in 1960s France, 9 Dec 2010
By 
The CinemaScope Cat - See all my reviews
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Paris Blues [DVD] (DVD)
Set in the racially relaxed jazz scene in Paris in the early 1960s, this bittersweet Martin Ritt film focuses on two American Jazz musicians (Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier) living and working in Paris who encounter two American girls (Joanne Woodward, Diahann Carroll) on vacation. Romance ensues but with complications. Shot in handsome black and white by the great French cinematographer Christian Matras (EARRINGS OF MADAME DE ..., GRAND ILLUSION), director Ritt does a good job of recreating the feverish, smoky environs of the jazz scene as well as the carefree yet intense existence of the creative expatriate. The actual romantic entanglements aren't nearly as colorful. Newman is an old hand at this kind of role, the nonconformist with a touch of the heel (HUD, THE HUSTLER) but Poitier makes for a fine contrast as the decent black man living in Europe to avoid the racism of America. The score, by Duke Ellington, is authentic. With Serge Reggiani, Barbara Laage, Marie Versini and in a rare acting role, the great Louis Armstrong whose jam session is the highlight of the film.

The British import (it's not available in the U.S. at this time) via Optimum Classics is a crisp B&W print modestly letterboxed at 1.66:1, non anamorphic.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but fell short of greatness, 20 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Paris Blues [DVD] (DVD)
If you like Paul Newman, then naturally, you will enjoy this movie a little, but I read somewhere that his role was originally offered to Marlon Brando, and there's a lot of his mannerisims in the part. The movie deals with some very deep subjects in a very superficial way, and left me wishing for more, but not in a good way.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, poor transfer., 6 May 2010
By 
Paulo Roberto Elias (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Paris Blues [DVD] (DVD)
Paris Blues would have deserved a better film to video transfer. Sadly, it is in this disc produced in a 4:3 letterboxed picture, and not provided with proper English subtitles. The original aspect ratio, namely 1.66:1, is easily transferred in an anamorphic fashion, with pillar box frame.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars paris blues, 29 Dec 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Paris Blues (DVD)
jazz excellent,plot weak acting shows Newman and Poitier were just starting out!Nice views of Paris colour a bit washed out
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paris Blues review, 6 Feb 2010
By 
This review is from: Paris Blues [DVD] (DVD)
The best race relations, jazz, love stories, do the right thing kind of movie ever made. What a cast! Every scene a winner!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weel done Paul !!, 29 Mar 2009
A Kid's Review
This review is from: Paris Blues [DVD] (DVD)
Well done Paul, it was a rare 1961 Paul Newman's movie into a black and white Paris, always enchanting.
They were also stupendous: his wife Joanne, Sidney Poitier,Diahann Carroll and the Great Louis.
Well done Paul,
Well done Joanne,
Well done Sidney,
Well done Louis Armstrong.

Bruno Siano
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad Film, 19 Aug 2009
By 
Mr. D. J. Edwards "DJPE" (WORCESTER UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Paris Blues [DVD] (DVD)
This Film Kept the wife happy for a few hours she does like a good cry.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Paris Blues
Paris Blues by Martin Ritt (DVD)
£23.68
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews