~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!
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