** I understand this film isn’t truly Le Cinema Francais, but in the spirit of loving France, I had to post this review here as well. **
Monday afternoon I went to see Woody Allen’s latest film, Midnight in Paris, for the 2nd time. This time I took my neighbor Gabrielle, who recently lived in France, and is contemplating moving back. I thought she needed a dose of Paris – and that’s what this film gives you, a nice French shot in the arm.
Midnight in Paris is a charming story about a Hollywood screenwriter, aspiring to publish his first novel, all the while wishing he lived in another time and place – the Golden Age in Paris.
This whimsical story had everything I loved; it was set in Paris, it brought to life some of my favorite writers, artists and musicians, and many scenes take place in the 1920’s.
The obviously French loving audience audibly sighed as the cinematographer highlighted one Paris attraction after the next; laughed aloud at many of the witty lines; and cringed at the negative dialogue of the supporting characters who weren’t so intrigued with Paris. Like the main character Gil, I also love Paris at night, with the monuments lit up perfectly, with the special glow that Paris has. It’s quite apparent that Woody Allen has a love affair with Paris, too.
This movie premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in May, and stars Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni and Adrien Brody. I just found out that the part of Cole Porter was played by French actor Yves Heck, but the voice and piano we hear are actually Conal Fowkes, with the Woody Allen Band. (http://www.davisfowkes.com/) It was wonderful to hear the sounds of Cole Porter, with such delightful songs as You Do Something To Me, Let’s Do It and You’ve Got That Thing.
I think Tom Long of the Detroit News said it perfectly in his review: “Midnight in Paris is a loving embrace of the city, of art and of life itself.”
The review is also posted in my blog: RedHauteBlue ~ Reason.Season.Lifetime