“What sets Midnight in Paris so dazzlingly apart is that Woody Allen, for perhaps the first time in his oeuvre, shifts the focus to the leading man. Owen Wilson’s Gil Pender is the center of the film. The whirlwind time travel narrative hinges on Gil, as he traipses through the moveable feast of Post-War Paris and back even further to the Moulin Rouge. He is chasing adventure, something the whole audience can connect with, rather than indulging in a Petrarchan level of lust for an unattainable woman.”
From Elizabeth Greenwood’s “Playing Against Type” in The New Inquiry. Read the full essay here.
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