We all look back on the past with nostalgia, but what if we could travel back in time and experience our favourite times? In Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris (2011), a writer goes to Paris in search of inspiration for his writing. Instead, he finds himself going back in time to Paris where he encounters all of his favourite literary idols in person.
Paris, often renowned as the City of Romance, with its cobblestone streets, serves as the setting for the film. It opens with a long montage of several places in Paris. Allen first takes us to the City of Lights’ sunny side, then to its rainy side, before returning to the bright side to make us feel refreshed. The story follows Hollywood screenwriter Gil (played by Owen Wilson) and his fiancée Inez (played by Rachel McAdams) as they travel to Paris. The story then follows Hollywood screenwriter Gil (played by Owen Wilson) and his fiancée Inez (played by Rachel McAdams) as they travel to Paris. Gil has fallen in love with Paris and is finishing his debut novel, which is about the glorious years of Paris in the 1920s.
One evening, he is transported into the Paris of the 1920s, where he has the opportunity to interact with all the famous authors of the day, including Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway. Gil moves between the 1920s and the present day while spending the day with Inez in Paris. Gil becomes obsessed with that era and develops feelings for a girl from that era, but he later returns to the present, leaves his fiancée, and moves to Paris. And the rest is worth watching.
We will understand why Paris is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world due to its excellent cinematography. The creative writing introduced a variety of well-known historical figures in a fascinating way. The acting was excellent. Midnight won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2012.