“Paris Blues” (1961): Best Jazz Movies
With a soundtrack by Duke Ellington and an appearance by Louis Armstrong, Paris Blues should’ve been the real deal. Instead, jazz-wise, it’s a hash, with nightclub scenes full of swinging hepcats on loan from every corny old rock ‘n’ roll movie. Still, it’s hard to argue with Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier as your leads (on trombone and sax, respectively). And the tale of their love affairs (Joanne Woodward and Diahann Carroll) admirably brought race relations to the fore at a time when the civil rights movement was just finding its footing.
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