Friday, June 17, 2011
Have you seen Midnight in Paris yet? If not, I can't think of a better thing for you to do this weekend. Really. We went last Saturday and it was such a treat, it's like a cross between The Purple Rose of Cairo (one of my favorite Woody Allen movies) and Vickie Christina Barcelona, but it's set in Paris -- and better still, much of it takes place in Paris of the 1920s. Le sigh.
The caricatures of all the 1920s artists Gertrude Stein, Picasso, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and best of all Hemmingway are just plain fun to watch. My fiancé was particularly amused by the Hemmingway character's monologue about making love to a woman; I died over Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein.
Plus, the film is a huge success. The New York Times reports that Sony Pictures Classics plans to increase the number of theaters showing “Midnight in Paris” to 1,038 screens, which is apparently the widest release of any of Woody Allen’s films: Wow, right? It makes me pleased to hear that Woody Allen's genius is being appreciated by a wider audience than ever.