Midnight in Paris

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Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, and Carla Bruni star in Woody Allen's romantic comedy about a family on a business trip in the City of Light. As a young couple engaged to be married experiences a profound transformation during their visit to Paris, an idealistic man with a romanticized view of the city finds that there's plenty of truth to that old adage about the grass being greener on the other side. Michael Sheen, Mimi Kennedy, and Kurt Fuller ...
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Overview

Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, and Carla Bruni star in Woody Allen's romantic comedy about a family on a business trip in the City of Light. As a young couple engaged to be married experiences a profound transformation during their visit to Paris, an idealistic man with a romanticized view of the city finds that there's plenty of truth to that old adage about the grass being greener on the other side. Michael Sheen, Mimi Kennedy, and Kurt Fuller co-star.
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Special Features

Midnight in Cannes; Blu-ray Exclusive: Cast & Crew Photo Galleries
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
With less than memorable work like Scoop, Anything Else, and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion under his belt, Woody Allen appeared to have lost any real fire for directing comedies. While dramas like Match Point seemed to tickle his muse, his comedies have become perfunctory at best, and downright lazy at worst. That's what makes the endlessly amusing and sneakily profound Midnight in Paris such a wonderful surprise. The movie stars Owen Wilson as Gil, a successful screenwriter who's in Paris with his fiancée, Inez Rachel McAdams. Gil is trying to finish his first novel, and he draws inspiration from the city because his fantasy is to live in the Paris of the 1920s, rubbing shoulders nightly with heavy hitters like Cole Porter, Pablo Picasso, and other legendary artists. Amazingly, one night while he's out alone on a walk, there must be magic in the air since his time-traveling dream comes true. Soon he's getting advice on his writing from Gertrude Stein Kathy Bates, befriending Zelda Fitzgerald Alison Pill, and learning how to love truly from Ernest Hemingway Corey Stoll. And Gil needs direction in his love life more than ever after he falls for costume designer Adriana Marion Cotillard and begins to sense that he and Inez may not be so well matched. Owen Wilson manages to deliver Woody's patented dialogue without imitating his iconic delivery outright, and he's ideally cast because he can project awe and wonder with his wide, friendly face. Gil's a fanboy, but instead of comic books or Star Wars he's got a fetish for Paris in the Roaring '20s. And because he's having such an amazing time living out his wildest dream, we can't help but share in his goofy delight. Wilson is far from the only performer to win us over, though. Stoll scores big laughs with his interpretation of Hemingway; Woody has written this character's dialogue as a spot-on parody of/tribute to Papa's distinct prose, and Stoll delivers every line with a no-nonsense authority that accentuates the humor. Pill has a field day with Zelda's motor-mouthed speech patterns and mental instability, and Adrien Brody gets some of the biggest laughs in a cameo as Salvador Dali. The film's friendly vibe can be felt in every aspect of the production. Cinematographer Darius Khondji accentuates Paris' dreamlike qualities whether it's day or night -- or the 20th or 21st century. The lighting, both indoor and out, has a golden hue that amplifies Gil's romanticism -- Khondji even makes rain seem warm and inviting. Allen has dealt with the pleasures and dangers of romanticism before. The Purple Rose of Cairo celebrated the power of the movies to take us away from our problems, before reminding us that escape is impossible. Everyone Says I Love You celebrated an idealized world that had nothing to do with the troubles real people face. The closest Allen came to showing how to live like a romantic in a world full of pain and dissatisfaction was Manhattan -- a film that is arguably his best and ends with a wise teenager reminding Woody's middle-aged character that you have to have a little faith in people. Midnight in Paris tweaks that formula by making it about a writer who needs to have faith in himself, and it teaches that lesson with a warmheartedness that Allen hasn't displayed since Radio Days. Calling the 42nd feature film by a director in his mid-seventies "mature" may seem both inappropriate and insulting, but Woody Allen's comedy Midnight in Paris is a superior late-period work precisely because it appears that age and wisdom have finally allowed him to discover that his romantic streak can acknowledge his realist/cynical side without succumbing to it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/20/2011
  • UPC: 043396385238
  • Original Release: 2011
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 54:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 179

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Owen Wilson Gil
Marion Cotillard Adriana
Rachel McAdams Inez
Kathy Bates Gert
Carla Bruni Museum Guide
Adrien Brody Salvador
Michael Sheen Paul
Corey Stoll Ernest
Mimi Kennedy Helen
Tom Hiddleston Mr. Fitzgerald
Kurt Fuller John
Alison Pill Ms. Fitzgerald
Nina Arianda Carol
Léa Seydoux Gabrielle
Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director, Screenwriter
Letty Aronson Producer
Raphaël Benoliel Co-producer
Patricia DiCerto Casting
Stephane Foenkinos Casting
Sonia Grande Costumes/Costume Designer
Darius Khondji Cinematographer
Alisa Lepselter Editor
Javier Mendez Executive Producer
Helen Robin Co-producer
Jaume Roures Producer
Anne Seibel Production Designer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Stephen Tenenbaum Producer
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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    A Sheer Joy

    Anyone that likes to delve into the literary and artistic contributions of the 1920s, as seen through the eyes of expatriates that spent time in Paris, will love this film. It was a sheer joy to watch, and it was a pleasure to see some actors in a new light. This is fun to watch on so many levels, but to divulge the levels would be a spoiler. Own Wilson takes over the role of Woody Allen in this film about being nostalgic about the past. He stammers and equivocates as smoothly as Allen ever did, and does a great job in the process. In fact, this is one of the rare times I actually liked Owen Wilson. In my opinion, it is Allen's best film. You find yourself laughing with glee during many scenes, and if you are of a certain age, you "get" what they are talking about. I rarely see a film more than once at the theater, but this one was worth seeing several times, just to be a part of it on a large screen. It is imaginative, funny, poignant, and stings with truth born of wisdom from the passage of time. Loved it and cannot wait to get my own copy to enjoy!

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

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    Not a Woody Allen fan, but this was a fantstic movie that really

    Not a Woody Allen fan, but this was a fantstic movie that really recreates my favorite city: Paris. Wonderful story-line with great French actors. The movie has a terrific soundtrack as well. kathy Bates makes a wonderful Gertrude Stein too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Brings charm back to the movies. Magical, whimsical, witty and

    Brings charm back to the movies. Magical, whimsical, witty and a true rarity in today's "in your face" age. Didn't care for the yellow hues of the blu ray, but I guess nothing is perfect.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    The charm of romance

    Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” is a sweet and charming examination of romance—not only romance of the heart but also romance for the past. Owen Wilson plays Gil, a hack Hollywood screenwriter who longs to write serious literature. He and his fiancée, played by Rachel McAdams, are visiting Paris to spend some time with her parents before they get married. Gil obviously adores Paris—as does Allen, who shoots it as lovingly as he shoots his own beloved Manhattan—and wonders whether he and his fiancée should move there permanently. As he escapes his insufferable soon-to-be in-laws, Gil stumbles upon the Paris of the past he has romanticized so thoroughly and encounters F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Picasso, and a host of other literary and artistic figures. He falls for the lovely Adriana, played by Marion Cotillard, and he is ultimately forced to reconcile his romances with his reality. Allen’s script is, as we have come to expect, witty and insightful and intelligent, and the film itself will win you over with its charm and its honesty.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

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    One of Woody's Best!

    Great scenery of Paris, wonderful music, a fun trip back in time and Owen Wilson plays a very convincing version of Woody Allen. Splendid supporting cast..a winner!

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