We’re all about books, literature, and learning this week, so our featured midweek movie fits the theme nicely. Curious? Find out why after the jump!
Last year, we gave everyone a sneak peek on Midnight in Paris, which debuted during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. It quickly became a Cannes favorite, and continues to enjoy an enthusiastic positive response.
The fact that it was written and directed by the iconic Woody Allen may be enough to interest film fanatics, but this romantic comedy fantasy film has something that many of us share with the protagonist: a fascination for Paris.
Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) goes on a holiday in Paris with his fiancee, Inez (Rachel McAdams), and her wealthy, conservative parents. Despite finding success as a Hollywood screenwriter, Gil remains creatively unsatisfied and turns to finishing his first novel for fulfillment. Gil is smitten with Paris and considers moving into the French capital, but Inez is bent on living in Malibu instead.
One night, tired of hanging around with his fiancee’s bookish pseudo-intellectual friend, Paul (Michael Sheen), Gil decides to take a drunken late night stroll around Paris by himself. The magic begins as the clock strikes twelve—a vintage car pulls over beside him, and the passengers, all dressed in 1920s fashion, urge him to come with them. Gil accepts, and with it, his time-bending adventure in the 1920s begins. He meets many notable figures in modern literature and art, such as writers Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stall), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston) and his wife Zelda (Alison Pill), and Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), and surrealists Salvador Dali (Adrien Brody), Man Ray (Tom Cordier), and Luis Buñuel (Adrien de Van).
If you haven’t watched this award-winning film yet, I urge you to do so! It’s every bit engaging from the first minute, and Wilson’s Gil Pender is also a joy to watch as he gets stupefied meeting one historic figure after another. Likewise, I personally find the cast amazing—it’s as if the art and literature icons have come back to life through their cinematic counterparts! My favorite would have to be Tom Hiddleston’s F. Scott Fitzgerald (who also happens to be one of our American Masters for this month). My bias for Hiddleston could be showing, but just look at how he fits perfectly as the influential American novelist (despite being British!):
Watch the trailer for Midnight in Paris below: