Friday, 14 February 2014

Paris Blues

Films with traditional jazz or swing band music are few and far between. Paris Blues was shown again during the year and enjoyed. The film has Joanne Woodward and Dianne Carroll from the USA playing two young women having a trip of a lifetime in Paris encountering Paul Newman at the station who invites to visit the Jazz cub where he plays with Sidney Poitier a refugee from home racism and under the conventions of the day the two couples becomes paired according to race. Carroll is strait laced and only interested in a conventional relationship and returning home while Newman already has a woman friend and is not interested in anything serious. Needless to say the women dictate what happens and there is some good jazz with Dike Ellington heading the sound track and with Louis Armstrong guesting.

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