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Midnight in Paris (2011)

US 94m, Colour
Director: Woody Allen; Cast: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston, Léa Seydoux, Michael Sheen

midnight_in_parisMidnight in Paris is a beautifully filmed romantic fantasy that takes place during three-time periods in Paris. Gil Pender is a successful Hollywood screenplay writer who is struggling to become a serious author. While on vacation in Paris with his fiancée in 2010, he stumbles back in time at the stroke of midnight to find himself surrounded by the greatest artists of the 1920s. With help from Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Stein and others, Gil realizes that he must live in the present if he is to fulfil his own dreams. A wonderfully charming and satirical film, Midnight in Paris offers no explanation for Gil’s ability to move through time, nor does it require one (Klaus Ming November 2013).

4 comments on “Midnight in Paris (2011)

  1. CMrok93

    Good review Klaus. The cast was delightful enough to make Woody’s screenplay really come alive. Especially Wilson, who isn’t necessarily channeling Allen, but instead, just putting his own persona in that man’s world.

    • Klaus

      I’m surprised by the number of people who have commented to me that they didn’t care for Wilson’s performance – I really liked it,for the very fact that he, as you say – put his own stamp on it.

  2. Anthony Lee Collins

    “Midnight in Paris offers no explanation for Gil’s ability to move through time, nor does it require one”

    I just had a thought about this, and I’m not sure this is true, but it seems to me that it’s a lot easier to insert a fantasy element like this into a movie if you have a single writer (or, even better, a writer/director like Woody). So many movies are put together by committee these days, and I think that type of process tends to flatten these things out, taking out the odd bits. Sometimes in my stories, I put in an element like this, and I know I couldn’t justify it logically if I was challenged, but I also know it has to be there,

    • Klaus

      The lack of explicit explanation about “time travel” is one of the most charming things about this movie. Whether Wilson’s midnight strolls are real or imagined, they are a lot of fun.

      Unless it is in independent production, I agree that it seems like a single writer / director with creative control is about the only way a movie like this is going to be made these days.

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