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Midnight in Paris / Minuit à Paris (Bilingual) [Blu-ray] (2011)

Carla Bruni , Owen Wilson , Woody Allen    Blu-ray
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Paris is a city that lends itself to daydreaming, to walking the streets and imagining all sorts of magic, a quality that Woody Allen understands perfectly. Midnight in Paris is Allen's charming reverie about just that quality, with a screenwriter hero named Gil (Owen Wilson) who strolls the lanes of Paris with his head in the clouds and walks right into his own best fantasy. Gil is there with his materialistic fiancée (Rachel McAdams) and her unpleasant parents, taking a break from his financially rewarding but spiritually unfulfilling Hollywood career--and he can't stop thinking that all he wants to do is quit the movies, move to Paris, and write that novel he's been meaning to finish. You know, be like his heroes in the bohemian Paris of the 1920s. Sure enough, a midnight encounter draws him into the jazzy world of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Picasso and Dali, and an intense Ernest Hemingway, who promises to bring Gil's manuscript to Gertrude Stein for review. Gil wakes up every morning back in the real world, but returning to his enchanted Paris proves fairly easy. In the execution of this marvelous fantasia, Allen pursues the idea that people of every generation have always romanticized a previous age as golden (this is in fact explained to us by Michael Sheen's pedantic art expert), but he also honors Gil's need to find out certain truths for himself. The movie's on the side of gentle fantasy, and it has some literary/cinematic in-jokes that call back to the kind of goofy humor Allen created in Love and Death.The film is guilty of the slackness that Allen's latter-day directing has sometimes shown, and the underwritten roles for McAdams and Marion Cotillard are better acted than written. But the city glows with Allen's romantic sense of it, and Owen Wilson has just the right nice-guy melancholy to put the idea over. A worthy entry in the Cinema of the Daydream. --Robert Horton

Gil et Inez sont deux jeunes fiancés américains préparant leur mariage. Ils passent quelques jours à Paris, accompagnant les parents d'Inez venus en France pour affaires. Alors que Gil est sous le charme de la capitale française et envisage de s'y installer, ni sa promise, ni ses futurs beaux-parents ne l'apprécient outre mesure. La rencontre inopinée avec un autre couple américain dont le mari est un ancien flirt d'Inez, suffisant et imbuvable, va contribuer à éloigner un peu plus les jeunes fiancés. Gil parcourt la ville à la recherche de l'inspiration pour son prochain roman et, alors que les douze coups de minuit ont sonné, il est invité à monter dans une vieille voiture qui va l'emporter vers le Paris des années 1920. Au fil des nuits, il va alors rencontrer Zelda et F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, Juan Belmonte, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, T. S. Eliot, Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel, Man Ray, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Matisse… Il va peu à peu tomber amoureux d'Adriana, qui est alors l'égérie de Picasso après avoir été celle de Modigliani. Pourtant celle-ci ne rêve que du Paris et du Maxim's de la Belle Époque, où ils finissent par se retrouver tous deux et où Adriana restera. Gil se séparera d'Inez et restera à Paris, où il rencontrera une jeune contemporaine aimant comme lui la ville sous la pluie.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Luminous and charming Nov. 20 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
A charming, sweet film, that explores the nature of nostalgia (its glow
and its darker shadows), and shows off Paris, both modern day, and in
the 1920s, almost as beautifully as Manhattan showed off New York.

Laced with wonderful cameo and supporting performances (Adrien Brody,
Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard, Corey Stoll, just to name a few) and
gifted by a quirky, lovably sad Owen Wilson as a sort of Eyeore of a
struggling writer in the lead.

Wilson is probably the best stand in yet for Allen in one of his films,
precisely because he's so different from Allen, and doesn't seem to be
doing an Allen impersonation. (Even Allen admitted that part of the
appeal in casting Wilson was casting someone so far from himself).

The 94 minutes of the film flew by, and never lost it's charm.

A number of professional critics noted that this was a new tone for
Allen, neither laugh out loud comedy, nor serious drama (or, as in his
greatest films a combination of the two), but is more of a light drama,
with a gentle comic whimsy. I actually think Allen started exploring
this interesting new tone with his last film 'You Will Meet a Tall Dark
Stranger' And it does seem to have reinvigorated him.

I did have a couple of problems with the film. First, Rachel McAdams as
Wilson's fiancé, along with her family, were made too caraciturish, too
obviously 'bad' for a film this subtle. McAdams is a brilliant actress,
but here she seems pushed into being a symbol of all that's wrong with
shallow, materialistic Americans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Film: Allen's Gift Still Sparkling Jan. 2 2012
By Ryan
Fantastic movie for art-lovers, well-acted, casted, and an excellent story.

I couldn't see anyone apart from Owen Wilson in this role. It's good to finally see him in a good film again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiringly refreshing for Arts lovers! Jan. 1 2012
By Laurie
Gave me a boost for a few weeks! Inspiring, uplifting type of movie for me as a music lover. It's my favorite of Woody, not fatalist or near crazy, simply imaginative, positive, light hearted and flavorish.. Allen seems to be happier than ever, as the main character played by actor Owen Wilson conveys us to the love for life, for the simple moment in the rain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie with ideas, charm and humor Jan. 20 2014
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Woody Allen has directed more than 40 movies and Midnight in Paris is one of his best. It’s a gentle comedy with a strong fantasy element. Like most of Allen’s movies, it relies on good writing and clever dialogue.

The fantasy element changes the entire feel of the movie, and although it’s revealed early in the story, I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. However, this would be a very short review if I didn't mention it at all. So please be warned that the remainder of the review contains spoilers. If you don’t want to know, it’s time to stop reading.

The story is built around Gil Pender (Owen Wilson), who arrives in Paris with his fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams). He’s a writer hoping to find inspiration and she wants to see some of the local sights. The two explore the city with friends Paul (Sheen) and Carol. Paul claims to be an authority on everything and Gil is annoyed by him, but Inez used to have a crush on Paul and enjoys his company.

One evening, Gil decides that he will take a walk alone to get away from Paul. He’s a little drunk and manages to get lost, and eventually finds himself sitting on some steps at midnight. It’s here that the entire movie changes. A vintage car stops and the people inside urge Gil to get in. They take him to a party and he discovers that Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald are among the guests. He’s surprised at their names, and even more baffled when he’s introduced to Ernest Hemingway.

Gil has traveled back into the 1920s.

What would you say to Fitzgerald and Hemingway if you were an aspiring writer? Gil is both astonished and thrilled to be in their presence and mentions that he’s also a writer. The trip to the past isn’t permanent and he wakes up in the present the next morning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Feel-Good Movie Dec 1 2012
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If you love Paris then this is a great movie to watch, but apart from that, a great fantasy. I loved everything about it. The acting is wonderful and Owen Wilson does a great job of being Woody..... highly recommend this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Movie Sept. 30 2013
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I've watched this movie twice, and loved it. Having read quite a few of Hemingway's and Fitzgerald's books, as well as their biographies (Zelda's as well) I found it interesting to see them and a few other twenties characters mixed into this somewhat quirky tale. I liked Owen Wilson's character, and I liked the way the story played out. But one of the most important stars of this movie was Paris itself! I love this charming and beautiful city, and it was well portrayed here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Woody Allen Jan. 28 2012
If you love Woody Allen, this is a film you must have. Funny, quirky and intelligent, Midnight in Paris is ssheer pleasure to watch. I recommend it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Defective DVD May 29 2014
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Great movie, but sound was off audio channels could not be synched to play together. Can't be bothered to return it
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars and DVD in perfect condition. Woody Allen is one of my favorites
Fast delivery, and DVD in perfect condition. Woody Allen is one of my favorites. A beautiful movie to watch.
Published 12 days ago by Pier
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
Fun story
Published 1 month ago by Brian Carleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Paris.
Loved the flashbacks in time for this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Gillian Goth
3.0 out of 5 stars decent comedy
I'm a fan of Woody Allen going back to the '70's. This movie is well done, light hearted and funny.
Published 12 months ago by Mikey
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah! ce cher Woody Allen
Beaucoup aimé cette comédie! Très bon jeu d'acteurs. Et le scénario est vraiment bon. À réécouter plusieurs fois, je vous l'assure.
Published 16 months ago by Christiane 122
4.0 out of 5 stars First rate entertainment
Feels like a Paris vacation.
What a terrific cast - very glamorous, entertaining and with such beautiful
cinematography, excellent script, and great acting. Read more
Published 17 months ago by David Edward Cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars return to play it again...
Here we have Woody Allen who has been a force in world cinema for so long and who's work is so well known that the audience(and who hasnt seen one of woody's films..or more.. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anthony Marinelli
3.0 out of 5 stars Midnight in Paris
I had to watch this movie twice to really start to enjoy it. I didn't enjoy the movie flipping back and forth from reality to fantasy.
Published 21 months ago by Mame
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
It was a cute movie. Definitely a feel-good watch. Really enjoyed it and it wasn't what I expected at all.
Published 21 months ago by Megan
1.0 out of 5 stars Midnight in paris
It was a movie that sounded intriguing but it fell flat!!! I love Owen so was dissapointed with the story line,,,,
Published 23 months ago by Amy
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