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Midnight in Paris

This article is part from The 10 best Woody Allen films

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10 curiosities and facts

  1. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

    "Midnight in Paris" won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2012, marking Woody Allen's fourth Oscar win in that category.

  2. It was shot entirely in Paris

    The film was shot entirely on location in Paris showcasing some of the city's most iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower the Arc de Triomphe and the Palace of Versailles.

  3. The film's protagonist is a writer like Woody Allen

    The film's protagonist, played by Owen Wilson is a writer who dreams of living in Paris in the 1920s, a time period he sees as the golden age of literature. This mirrors Woody Allen's own interest in literature and his fascination with the city of Paris.

  4. The film features a star-studded cast

    "Midnight in Paris" features a cast of notable actors, including Owen Wilson Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, and Michael Sheen.

  5. The film pays homage to many literary and artistic figures

    "Midnight in Paris" pays homage to a number of literary and artistic figures including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali, and Gertrude Stein.

  6. The film's opening montage is a love letter to Paris

    The film's opening montage showcases some of Paris's most beautiful and iconic sights, set to the music of jazz musician Sidney Bechet. The sequence is a tribute to the city of Paris and its rich cultural history.

  7. The film's plot involves time travel

    The film's plot involves time travel, as the protagonist finds himself transported back to the 1920s each night at midnight, where he meets some of his literary idols and falls in love with a woman from that era.

  8. The film was a box office success

    "Midnight in Paris" was a box office success grossing over $150 million worldwide. It was also one of Woody Allen's most critically acclaimed films in recent years.

  9. The film explores themes of nostalgia and idealism

    "Midnight in Paris" explores themes of nostalgia and idealism, as the protagonist grapples with his idealized view of the past and his struggles to find meaning in the present.

  10. The film's soundtrack features classic jazz music

    The film's soundtrack features classic jazz music from the 1920s and 1930s, including songs by Cole Porter Duke Ellington and Josephine Baker.

About the movie

"Midnight in Paris" is a whimsical romantic comedy that follows a writer named Gil (Owen Wilson) as he transports himself to the 1920s and meets some of the greatest artistic minds of the era, including Gertrude Stein Salvador Dalí or Man Ray. The film's celebration of nostalgia creativity, and the power of imagination make it one of Allen's most charming and delightful works.

"Midnight in Paris" is a delightful film that captures the magic and romance of Paris in a truly charming way. As a viewer, I was swept up in the fantasy of the story and found myself transported to a different time and place. My favorite scene in the movie is when Gil (played by Owen Wilson) first travels back in time to the 1920s and meets some of the greatest artists and writers of the era including Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The way Allen brings these historical figures to life is both funny and poignant, and it's a testament to his skill as a storyteller.

One of the things that makes "Midnight in Paris" so special is its love letter to Paris. The city is depicted in all its beauty and romanticism, and Allen captures the essence of the city in a way that feels authentic and heartfelt. The movie was partially inspired by Allen's own experiences in Paris. In an interview, he said that he fell in love with the city and its history and that he wanted to create a film that captured the magic of the city.

When the film premiered in 2011, it received rave reviews from critics. A.O. Scott of The New York Times called it "a fizzy and enchanting valentine to the City of Light", while Roger Ebert wrote that it was "a wonderful film romantic, funny sunny and wise".

In my opinion "Midnight in Paris" is one of Allen's most charming and enjoyable films. It's a movie that will make you fall in love with Paris and leave you feeling uplifted and inspired. If you're in need of a little bit of magic and romance in your life, this is the perfect film for you.


Film sheet

  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Year: 2011
  • Cast: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams Kathy Bates Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Corey Stoll Tom Hiddleston
  • Awards: Academy Awards (Best Original Screenplay), Golden Globe Awards (Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Best Screenplay), BAFTA Awards (Best Original Screenplay) Writers Guild of America Awards (Best Original Screenplay)

Film Reviews

  • "A charming and playful comedy that feels like a warm hug from a dear old friend." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
  • "It's a delightful and gorgeous escape to a place and time where you can believe that the greatest love affair is the one you're having right now in the present." - Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times
  • "Woody Allen's love letter to Paris is a frothy, delightful confection that's both silly and smart and thoroughly enjoyable." - Christy Lemire, Associated Press
  • "'Midnight in Paris' is one of Woody Allen's most delightful and inspired films in years, a love letter to Paris and the transformative power of art that's both intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying." - Scott Foundas, The Village Voice