Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’

Woody Allen at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival ...

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“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.



One response to “Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’

  1. even though I think Owen Wilson is still Woody Allen’s alter ego. I do very much like this film a lot. It’s really a delight.