Midnight in Paris (Supplemental Viewing)

In Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson plays a Hollywood screenwriter working on his first novel. He’s obsessed with Paris. Disenchanted with his life, he longs for the days of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. His fiancé, exhibiting the worst xenophobic American traits, and his soon-to-be-in-laws are in town, soaking up the best Paris has to offer but downing the city and the French. While taking a midnight stroll by himself on one of Paris’ most beautiful streets, Gil is stopped by some revelers in a car, who invite him to a party. When Gil gets to the party, he realizes that he has been transported back to 1920s Paris, and he find himself in the company of such iconic writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.

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During these midnight time-travel jaunts, Gil becomes dazzled by Adriana, a lovely sad-eyed flapper who dreams of living in the Belle Époque, a time when Toulouse Lautrec was a mainstay at the Moulin Rouge. Through his interactions with Adriana and the others, Gil arrives at an overdue realization regarding his future and that of his relationship with Inez.He later meets Pablo PicassoSalvador Dalí, and Gertrude Stein. He’s startled to be hobnobbing with Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda, and Cole Porter. No explanations are given for the time travel and Gil doesn’t seem to want any. He just wants to go back again, and soon. 

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He then discovers that Adriana is bored with “Modern Paris” –to her 1920’s is still modern- and she dreams of Paris with carriages and street torches. I won’t go too far into the movie, I don’t want to ruin it for the people who haven’t seen it yet. I love using this movie as the Time Travel movie because he never really questions how it is possible he keeps going back to 1920’s. I recommend everyone to go see it, one of the best movies of 2011 for sure!Image

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