Acclaimed writer/director Woody Allen, whose 45 year career has spawned 41 features, has created some of the greatest masterpieces of American cinema: one shouldn't think about our country's identity without thinking of his pictures MANHATTAN, ANNIE HALL, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, and a handful of others. He is still working, producing a film a year in a style all his own. We're lucky to be able to screen his newest, the Cannes Film Festival 2011 opening night film MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.
Here, Woody continues his exploration of famous European cities that he started with MATCH POINT (London) and VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (Barcelona). MIDNIGHT IN PARIS brings to life the most romantic city in the world in a way that only Allen could do. He is aided by an amazing cast led by Wes Anderson favorite Owen Wilson and the beautiful Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard.
In la Ville-lumière, Gil (Wilson) is on a charming European vacation with his wife when he suddenly falls under a spell. At night, when the streets begin to empty, he encounters an intellectual's fever dream; an entire ghost world of history and art and life emerges from the ether for his curiousity to investigate.
On the cobblestone streets of Paris he is transported into the 1920s, and while there he meets the idols of his imagination; Ernest Hemingway, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dalí, Picaso, Matisse, Buñuel are living the bohemian lifestyle that Gil has always adored. He becomes torn between his days with his family and late nights with the luminaries of world culture.
This has been Allen's most critically applauded film for decades, far surpassing the smash MATCH POINT from 2005. In fact, this is his best reviewed work since 1994's BULLETS OVER BROADWAY. It's also provided critics with a strange desire - to compare the film to food:
"MIDNIGHT IN PARIS finds Allen in a larky, slightly tart and altogether bountiful mood, giving filmgoers a movie that, while unabashedly funny and playful, provides a profiterole or two for thought." -Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"MIDNIGHT IN PARIS...is a sweet-natured trifle, as flavorful and as thin as a crepe." -Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is...a rich dessert appealingly layered with cake, jam, and cream. It's the first Woody Allen movie in a long time that feels good going down." -Dana Stevens, Slate
This, the next entry in a long line of potential last films for the great director, is a beautiful new film, and is something to be savored. See it early so you can see it twice.
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS opens at Lake Creek this Friday, June 10.