MIDNIGHT IN PARIS: A NOSTALGIC TRIP TO THE GOLDEN ERA

Posted: April 17, 2014 in Directors, Movies
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“Nostalgia is denial. Denial of the painful present.”

 

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The story follows Gil Pender, a Hollywood scriptwriter who is trying his hands on writing something substantial, and at the same time going through the dilemma of his marriage and settlement. Unlike his fiancee, he is in love with Paris and wishes to settle there to pursue with his writing career.

The second act begins when a mysterious car with some strangers invite him to a party and he travels back to the past in ’20s – the era he always loved and wanted to live in.

In further such encounters with the people he admired from the past, he meets a young girl Adriana with whom he falls in love. Gil is unable to decide whether to run away from his present and dwell in the Golden 1920s.

At the end of the second act, Gil comes to know Adriana’s lust for the 1890s, and he is in a fix! But he makes her understand the pros and cons of both the time periods – of living in present and the past.

What Adriana decides finally is the Second Plot Twist…

Like the other Woody Allen movies, this one also deals with the themes of nostalgia, and a yearning for the past. But, the protagonist realizes later how both the time periods – present and past, have their own effect on life.

Apart from such a magical realism or surrealist storyline, the film incorporates humor (ofcourse, being an Woody Allen film!) in the form of meeting Golden Age artists, painters and writers. Woody Allen movies are always good for history lessons! 

Also, the beautiful cinematography by Darius Khondji and the dreamy streets of Paris make it a visual gem, not to forget the classy acting by a multitude of actors as Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard, Rachael McAdams etc.

In brief, watch it for the rich screenplay, the Golden age music of Cole Porter and the beauty of Paris!

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