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

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  • Actors: Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, Carla Bruni, Rachel McAdams
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Jaume Roures
  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Dec 20 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005OI1QGU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,271 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 20 2011
Format: DVD
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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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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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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By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 20 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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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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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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Mr. Allen delivers an incredibly fun incursion in the Paris of the 21st, early 20th and even late 19th centuries, as he addresses our eternal preoccupation with the past and our longing for another time. Owen Wilson plays to a T the role that Allen would have played earlier in this kind of film as a young writer, concerned with the futility of his work, desiring to become an author and drawn to the Paris of the 1920s. This nostalgia has strong repercussions for his present as well, as it gradually changes from an escape from the present, to a means of dealing and coping with the present with some amount of courage and resolution. Throughout, an incredible cast of characters and actors make different appearances and the whole story is just a lot of fun to follow. Of course, a Woody Allen film is always wrapped in incredible photography and wonderful jazz. One feels the pleasure that Mr. Allen must have had in making this film. The end of the story falls a bit flat and takes on a bit of a moralizing tone, surprising from someone like Allen. I think I would have appreciated if, instead of saying that we are nostalgic and that we must simply deal with it, that the question that lies underneath the nostalgia be asked: What do we really long for? But really, this is a minor concern. This is a great story and a tribute to Mr. Allen's imagination and thought about our current time.
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