Midnight in Paris
2011 | Comedy | 94 minutes | English
Gil Pender and his fiancee Inez, are vacationing in Paris. Gil is an unfulfilled screenwriter struggling to complete his first novel. Gil loves and admires Paris and even hints at living there permanently. The materialistic Inez considers Gil a daydreamer and her goal is having a suburban home in Southern California. One night, as Gil is wandering the streets of Paris alone, a 1920s limo with passengers dressed in 1920s clothing, pulls up. The passengers urge Gil to join them. And so begins the flights of fantasy that will consume Gil. The group attends a party for Jean Cocteau and Gil is flabbergasted to see Cole Porter at the piano and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald milling around. They next go to a club to hear Josephine Baker sing. The highlight for Gil is meeting his idol, Ernest Hemingway, at a nearby bar. When Hemingway hears Gil is working on his first novel, he arranges a meeting with Gertrude Stein, a woman with a keen appreciation for artistic talent. On subsequent nights Gil meets people he has greatly admired like Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel. But all these fantasy adventures end his engagement with Inez. Gilultimately decides to stay in Paris. When his lovely friend Adriana confesses she regrets not living in the past, during the Baroque period, Gil sees the light. He comes to the realization what this is all about. It’s common; it’s natural. Don’t we all think the past was always better than the present?
Owen Wilson (Gil Pender) / Rachel McAdams (Inez) / Tom Hiddleston (F. Scott Fitzgerald) / Alison Pill (Zelda Fitzgerald) / Corey Stoll (Ernest Hemingway) / Adrien Brody (Salvador Dali) / Kathy Bates (Gertrude Stein) / Marion Cotillard (Adriana)
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 93%
- Metacritic Score: 81
Academy Awards: Winner, Best Original Screenplay (Woody Allen); Nominated, Best Picture; Best Director (Woody Allen)
Golden Globe Awards: Best Screenplay (Woody Allen)
Writers Guild of America Awards: Best Screenplay (Woody Allen)
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In MIDNIGHT in PARIS Woody Allen is relaxed and confident. The rhythms of the editing are perfect.The framing and grouping of the characters is comfortable. The actors are relaxed and confident in their movements. The boyishly bewildered, sheepishly vulnerable all-American charm of Owen Wilson has never been better used.
Not for the first time, but for the first time in a while, Woody Allen has found a credible blend of whimsy and wisdom.
Woody Allen writes his films himself and directs them with wit and grace. He even charmed the jaded veterans at the Cannes press screenings.
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