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    Midnight in Paris (2011) Directed by Woody Allen. Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Kathy Bates. "Nostalgia is denial - denial of the painful present... the name for this denial is golden age thinking- the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one one's living in."

  • CindyLu Upton

    Great Movie! Midnight in Paris (2011) | directed by Woody Allen | starring Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson

  • Misses Jones

    "Midnight in Paris" - Woody Allen #woodyallen

  • Lexi Burda

    Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen FAVORITE MOVIE

  • Leslie McGregor

    What a fun little concept: at midnight, Paris turns into its 1920's heyday and sweeps dreamer/screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson) away. Sure, he's in Paris on a vacation with his demanding fiance (Rachel McAdams), who would rather gush over the know-it-all professor friend (or lovah?) Paul (Michael Sheen, sans British accent), but their time together seems to be diverging. While she's out partying, Gil walks around the city and is whisked away by the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, his wife Zelda, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso when the clock strikes midnight. It's great fun to watch it unfold. And while the 1920's Paris disappears in the morning, it isn't a one-off as it comes back again tomorrow at midnight for Gil. He meets Picasso's lovely young lover Adriana (Marion Cotillard) and they fall for one another. They even get swept away in the 1920's midnight Paris into the 1890's Paris (a midnight Paris within a midnight Paris, so to speak). The problem becomes, with this love for Adriana, can Gil stay in the 1920's Paris? Would he want to even if he could? For those of you who are Woody Allen-philes, this is unlike most of his films, so don't shy away. It's a lovely romp. And I must say it felt familiar, almost like I'd seen the film before. But, I learned a lot - I always knew the name Gertrude Stein, but I Wiki'd her name to learn more after seeing Kathy Bates's portrayal. There are tons of fun little in-roads in the film, too, such as Adrian Brody as Salvador Dali. And the Parisian history, oh baby! Makes me want to read up on it. Personally, I'm surprised it was nominated for Best Picture not because its not a worthy film but because its so light-hearted and the Academy does not usually go that route. Of course, Tree of Life and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close were nominated, so who knows what the Academy was smoking when it nominated films this year. At least THIS film was good! 4 out of 5 pips.

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Nostalgia is denial - denial of the painful present... the name for this denial is golden age thinking - the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one ones living in - its a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.

"Nostalgia is denial, denial of the painful present... the name for this denial is golden age thinking, the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one one's living in - it's a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present."

Midnight in Paris | 2011 | Woody Allen || Nostalgia is denial - denial of the painful present... the name for this denial is golden age thinking - the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one ones living in - its a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.