Midnight in Paris (2011)

Posted by Oubah O. March 28, 2013 6 Comments 12253 views

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris opens with some of the most beautiful shots of Paris I’ve ever seen. I think of Goddard, and romance, everything about Paris’ history that is so wonderfully rich and palpable. And then that jazz hits and it’s raining and it’s already such a good film in my eyes. Naturally, there is a bit of a bias, because anything to do with Paris and Bunuel and Hemingway is a natural winner for me, and in so many ways, it’s why I sympathize with the main character Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) so much.

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Art and history are strong in this film, as most of it is set in the past. Midnight in Paris follows Gil Pender, an american screenwriter whose search for inspiration leads him on midnight walks through the city. He soon finds himself transported through time, on bizarre escapades in 1920s Paris where he meets renowned artist like Salvador Dali, Luis Bunuel, and Ernest Hemingway.

The music is the backbone of this film , with beautiful spiraling jazz and, at other times, traditionally Parisian tunes. The film really feels like a merging of the past and the present, and really depicts what an important city Paris was for the many artists who came like pilgrims to find inspiration. The meeting of so many revered writer, filmmakers, artists, and musicians, really makes the film itself a nostalgic piece. It evokes so many sentiments about our view on changing notions of romance and artistic greatness.

Complimenting these praises is Woody Allen’s quick and witty dialogue. It’s a pleasing step for Allen and a beautiful, beautiful film with so much to offer.

Gallery of Images from Midnight in Paris





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Toronto-based writer/poet studying cinema and literature.

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There are 6 Comments

  1. - March 29, 2013
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    Brandy – do my eyes deceive me? Two Woody Allen postings in the same week? What the what?!

    • Brandy Dean
      - March 29, 2013
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      I know, I know… neither of which belong to me I would point out. Damn you Woody Allen!

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  3. Stephanie
    - June 24, 2013
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    This movie was an immediate classic for me. I have a love/hate relationship with Woody Allen’s movies and this one blew me away with the accompanying music, the great acting, the storyline, the scenery and the awesome message. Doesn’t get much better.

  4. jdurley
    - September 14, 2013
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    I would like to know how Woody Allen managed to take up residence inside Owen Wilson like that. It sort of creeped me out but was brilliant at the same time.

  5. - March 16, 2015
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    Woody amazes me. I thought he’d probably achieved his last great classic with Match Point in 2005, he made yet another – Midnight in Paris. It is one of his best. And so completely enchanting.

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