Director Martin Ritt's Paris Blues stars Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier as American jazz musicians living in Paris. The arrival of Diahann Carroll and Joanne Woodward sparks romance, but also brings to the surface issues of race, freedom, relationships and dedication to one's art. Seeing these actors in early roles and the city of Paris beautifully lensed by legendary French cinematographer Christian Matras are real treats.
However, the real star here is the music, with an unforgettable performance by Louis Armstrong and an Oscar-nominated score by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. One of only three film scores composed by Sir Duke, it's regarded as his best, and one of the best jazz film scores ever.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
$9 general admission; $7 MFAH members and seniors; $5 Film Buff members.
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