“Minuit à Paris” et l’Âge d’or
mee-nwee ah paa-ree ay lahzh DOR. Click below to hear this.
“Midnight in Paris” and the Golden Age
The Age of Gold, as French speakers call it. It’s the nostalgia for an age gone by, often an age that a person has only imagined, and not lived through. The fun of Woody Allen’s new movie, “Midnight in Paris”, is the premise that many people have a favorite historical period.
For Gil Pender, Allen’s main character, that time is the 1920s. He longs to “go back” (though he is much too young ever to have been there), and in fact succeeds in time-traveling. He meets Hemingway (a very funny parody of him, anyway), the Fitzgeralds, Picasso, Dali, and many others. He revels in the music, the sights, the sounds of the era.
Were the 1920s in Paris a perfect conjunction of time and place? Ironically, we now know those years and the people who inhabited them as the Lost Generation. And, without giving away too much, I can say that Pender begins to realize the tenuousness of his attraction when he realizes that going back–and staying back–means doing without certain modern conveniences that make life vastly more comfortable for us today. Until the statement is fully out of his mouth, I don’t believe he realizes the irony of his own remark.
For most of us, current life is ordinary. It is everyday, after all, nothing exciting. It falls to us to find the adventure in our daily lives. Maybe that’s what Gil Pender was really looking for. Did he find it in his rewritten novel?
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