Adriana: I can never decide whether Paris is more beautiful by day or by night.
Gil: No, you can’t, you couldn’t pick one. I mean I can give you a checkmate argument for each side. You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights, I mean come on, there’s nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe.
Art and Travel can be two of the world’s greatest pleasures. Woody Allen knows that, and can combine them together to create a masterpiece about beauty and wanderlust. Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” is one of the greatest movies ever made about cities. It will make you instantly nostalgic to Paris even if you haven’t been there before.
In the movie, Allen defines nostalgia as denial, denial of the painful present. He explains that the golden age thinking is the notion that a different time period is better than the one one’s living in, it’s the flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.
That’s basically what the idea of the movie is based on. One night Gil (the main character) is walking the streets of Montmartre when a street clock rings it’s bells at midnight. A vintage car stops and he is dragged into the car and taken to a party. Gil finds himself back in the 1920s enjoying the company of some of the greatest intellects of all times. Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Picasso, Dalí and Buñuel. Each night at the same time he’s drawn back into this lost magical world of artistic endeavour.
The movie takes you on a wonderful journey through the very romantic, very dramatic Parisian streets. Gil and Adriana keep walking past all the wonderful neighborhoods and buildings, that have existed back then and still stand today, having conversations that would make you reassess your perspective towards many things.
“Midnight in Paris” is one more addition to a series of brilliant movies made about the Capital of Romance. “After Sunset”, Paris, I love you”, and “Amélie” are just a few amazing picks. Now add that one to the list and dream away..