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 not only 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 a treat. 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.
(B/W, 1961, 98 min.)
Let's gather inside the Law Building on the lower level stair landing (look for the green tiara). As you are facing the theater doors, we will be on the right stair landing. There are several buildings associated with the museum. Please be sure that you are in the Law Building.
Tickets are $9.00. MFAH Members, senior adults, youth, and students with identification receive a $2.00 discount. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the museum.
Free parking is available in four surface lots north of the Law Building. Two are along Main Street: one at Bissonnet, one at Oakdale; and two are off Montrose Boulevard: one at the Glassell Studio School and one at the Glassell Junior School.
Garage parking is available for $6.00 with proof of museum admission. The entrance is on Binz, marked by a large, yellow arrow.