Superb Cinema: Midnight in Paris

Man Ray: A man in love with a woman from a different era. I see a photograph!
Luis Buñuel: I see a film!
Gil: I see insurmountable problem!
Salvador Dalí: I see rhinoceros!

~Tom Cordier as Man Ray, Adrien de Van as Luis Buñuel, Owen Wilson as Gil, and Adrien Brody as Salvador Dalí

in Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris is one of those movies that you will immediately fall in love with. The dialogue is witty, the music is lovely, and the scenery is beautiful!

Woody Allen both wrote and directed this cinema delight and it has been nominated for both Golden Globes and SAG Awards for 2012.

With Owen Wilson playing Gil and Rachel McAdams as the unlikable Inez, these seasoned thespians make you fall in love and in hate with their characters. The cast is sprinkled with other actors including Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates, and  Carla Bruni (France’s First Lady) who play the artistic royalty of 1920s Paris. The characters include: Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Salvador Dalí, Joséphine Baker, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, T.S. Eliot, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse and more!

This movie not only made my desire to visit Paris stronger, it also inspired me to go to my local library and check-out an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Beautiful and the Damned. I love The Great Gatsby and so far, The Beautiful and the Damned is just as delightful! I also bought the movie soundtrack on iTunes for $9.99 because I loved the music! If you read my piece on Cole Porter, you will already know the background of this fabulous musician whose music is a central part of the movie. Check out the trailer below and the synopsis from IMDB and then watch this movie!

The successful Hollywood screenplay writer Gil Pender is spending vacation in Paris with his fiancée Inez and her parents since his future father-in-law is doing a merging business with a French company. Gil is an aspirant writer that loves Paris, and dreams on living in the city after getting married with Inez. Further, the romantic Gil believes that the golden age of Paris was in the 20’s and he loves to walk on the rain through the streets of the City of Light. When the shallow Inez meets her former boyfriend, the pseudo-intellectual Paul with his girlfriend Carol, they spend sometime together visiting touristic places. In the night, they drink wine in a party and Paul invites the couple to go dancing with Carol and him. However, Gil prefers to return walking alone to the hotel. At midnight, an old car stops and the passengers invite him to go a party and sooner he realizes that he is back to the 20’s, where he meets his favorite writers, musicians and artists and lives his dream.

Claudio Carvalho via IMDB

“That Paris exists

and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world

will always be a mystery to me.”

~Marion Cotillard as Adriana

in Midnight in Paris

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5 Responses to Superb Cinema: Midnight in Paris

  1. hornofoverflowing says:

    I loved it too! I think it was the best Woody Allen film in a long, long time.

  2. Lyn LeJeune says:

    If you like 1920’s? Try http://www.amazon.com/Elijah-Rising-Lyn-LeJeune/dp/1935725084/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310946856&sr=1-1

    “They came in gray tailored frocks with braided edges and striped trousers …

    This is how the rich experience the war: Last night I was at last ready to tell Mother that was I leaving. But she’d gone to dinner at Churchill’s, attending one of the patriotic reviews that had become the thing in dinning entertainment. When she came home she was escorted by several young men in Khaki uniform, their faces were flushed from the night air and too much liquor. And with them were their girls, all clothed in dresses that went up to their calves, spangles shimmered around their necks, and their mouths were painted dark red. They all looked the same, reflected like chimeras in the long Venetian mirror that adorned the library wall. They laughed unceasingly and begged mother to turn on the radio. “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” was blasting and I longed to escape the assault of the night. The young men twirled their girls around until midnight. Then they all kissed Mother on the cheek and yelled adieu and we’re off to see the Kaiser. Mother was high in color, more than I had seen her in ages, as though the war had given her back her youth.”

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