Sunday, January 8, 2012

living a dream... well, in the movies at least

A. and I just saw Midnight in Paris this weekend, as a perfect stay-at-home date night, curled up on the couch with a warm blanket and a dish of French macarons. How fitting. Anyway, back to the movie...

What a great film! The cinematography, the script, the music... all taking place in the City of Lights. I loved the "dreamy-ness" (yes, that's a word) of the movie - an aspiring novelist being inside the world of the literary and artistic greats of the 1920's


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Although it wasn't particularly "heavy" acting, I loved Marion Cotillard in this movie - with her French-accented English and 1920's flapper ensembles combined with an effortless, modern coolness. I could seriously have a girl-crush on her.

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Gil (Owen Wilson's character): "Can you picture how drop-dead gorgeous this city is in the rain? Imagine this town in the 20's. Paris in the 20's, in the rain. The artists and the writers!"


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My favorite line from the movie:

Ernest Hemingway: "I believe that love that is true and real creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or loving well, which is the same thing. And when the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face, like some rhino hunters I know, or Belmonte who is truly brave, it is because they love with sufficient passion to push death out of their minds. Until it returns, as it does to all men, and then you must make really good love again. Think about it."

Sigh. They just don't make many movies like this anymore.

Even A., whose favorites include the Godfather trilogy, the Bourne series, and The Italian Job, truly loved this film, and was equally captured by Ernest Hemingway's line above.

The story does lead you to a "suspension of disbelief." But just go along with it, and enjoy it without question.

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2 comments:

Anne said...

i'm so glad to hear you both love this movie too! we really enjoyed it! and i personally love the music as well (sidney blechet, look him up!). the music makes me just want to sit and LISTEN to it. and the movie has the same effect. i enjoyed every scene, every moment, even without dialogue.

i love marion cotillard too :-) did you watch her as edith piaf in la vie en rose? she's also in inception (another great film!).

oh and i want one (or all!) of her flapper dresses too :-)

Mia said...

Oh yes - the music! From the opening score till the very end. I have not seen Cotillard in La Vie, but that is on my list! I did see her in Inception - and yes that is an awesome film too.

Oh, the flapper dresses...

I could see this movie again and again...

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