Midnight in Paris Background

Midnight in Paris Background

Woody Allen is an anomoly in the film industry. In an industry where putting out two or three films per year is considered prolific, Woody Allen generally puts out one film per year. And while some of his best films were in the 1970s and early 1980s, 2011's Midnight in Paris marked a mini-renaissance in Allen's long and storied career. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay for Allen (which it won), Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Art Direction. Famed film critic Roger Ebert loved the film, saying that "There is nothing to dislike about it." Martin Tsai of Critic's Notebook, however, did not particularly like the film, writing that "Mr. Allen's habitual romanticizing of the wealthy has grown stale and is especially problematic in this recession." It was also an uncharacteristically large financial success for Allen. On a budget of only $17 million, the film made $151.1 million back at the box office, a staggering amount for a fantasy-comedy film. Midnight in Paris will no doubt be remembered as one of Allen's many classic films. However, it will likely not be remembered as his best.

Midnight in Paris is no doubt an interesting film. It tells the story of a nostalglc screenwriter named Gil (played uncharacteristically well by Owen Wilson) who travels to Paris with his fiancée's family. However, at midnight (as the title suggests), he is transported into 1920s Paris, which inspires and helps him finish the novel, his first novel, that he is working on. Meanwhile, he must work on his relationship with his fiancée before it is too late.

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