“Minuit à Paris”

“Minuit à Paris”

mee-nwee ah paa-REE. Click below to hear this!

“Midnight in Paris”

Yes, the movie. We finally saw it, after a week of eager anticipation. If you love Paris, go see this movie. If you love Woody Allen, go see this movie. If you love hearing spoken French, even if you can’t understand a word of it, go see this movie!

No, it’s not in French–not entirely, at least. There are plenty of conversations in mixed French and English (and even Spanish), but they are echoed by other characters in such a way that you never miss anything critical.

But the shots of Paris! They are glorious. The golden glow of sandstone, the red spiky chimneys, the gleam of rain on the cobblestones–it’s all there, and much more.

Paris is called La Ville-Lumière (City of Lights), deservedly. Since the focus of the movie is what happens at midnight (a magic hour, wherever you look in literature or myth), we see shot after shot of the lights of Paris.

One of the characters says in passing that he thinks the painter Caillebotte is underrated. He’s one of my favorites. Many of the views of the city capture the patina that Caillebotte gives to some of his paintings–there’s one shot that is highly reminiscent of his “Place de l’Europe sous la pluie” (Place de l’Europe on a Rainy Day), which you can see at the Art Institute of Chicago, among the Impressionists.

You’ll also hear a magnificent soundtrack of songs from the 1920s and the 1890s. I don’t buy movies, but I want this one, and its soundtrack, and its script. I want to watch it over and over. If anyone out there has a personal connection to Woody Allen, put in a good word for me, will you?

And did I mention that you should go see this movie?

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