Monday, July 17, 2017

Restaurants, Bars, Dives, and Cafes in "Midnight in Paris"

Almost at the beginning, Gil, the central character and his unlikeable fiancee dine in a fancy Paris restaurant in 2010.
His dream is of the 1920s, and mysteriously, he's quickly whisked off to the nightclub scene back then.
He meets Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald, Hemmingway, Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and many more.
He takes up with an obscure girlfriend of Picasso. Here they are in a nightclub.
Gil's trips to the past are always at night, often in clubs and bars. Lots of alcohol, not much to eat.
At a wine tasting in 2010. Gil's fiancee's friends are wine snobs and every other kind of snob.
Meeting Toulouse Lautrec in Montmartre, time travel to the Belle Epoque. Another era traveled to.
Gil thinks the 20s is the Golden Age, but the girl from the 20s thinks she's missed the best time. So on they go!
Maxim's famous restaurant in La Belle Epoque. 
Back to Paris, 2010. Everyone goes to Shakespeare and Company, now and ever since the 20s.
It's not what it used to be in the 20s, 60s, or 80s -- another age was always the Golden Age.
"Midnight in Paris" is a wonderful movie, full of the most iconic Paris scenes from several eras.


Pam said...

It's a charming, heart-warming movie! I love Paris and would love to visit there again so this movie is a great picture of it, one of Woody Allen's best, with a perfect cast for it. I enjoyed your post, thanks!

Tamara said...

I certainly didnt like the fiancée & her crowd, but admired Gils passion for the great french Belle Epoch. Some very famous Parisienne sights in this movie. Thanks for the memories Mae

Mel u said...

I hope I can find this movie on Iflix. Thanks for posting upon it

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

It's interesting to contrast how, in the movie, snobbish (and unjustifiedly so) the contemporary people are while the truly gifted are hospitable and open.