Midnight In Paris, Living In A Dream

Midnight in Paris is a film that has won over many audiences. Directed by acclaimed director Woody Allen, it won the Oscar for Best Director and received several nominations.
Midnight in Paris, living in a dream

Midnight in Paris is an amazingly shot film that has won the hearts of many viewers. Directed by acclaimed director Woody Allen, it won the Oscar for Best Director and received several nominations for other awards. Midnight in Paris is a unique opportunity to see great actors reunited. 

From Tom Hiddleston to Kathy Bates, passing through Marion Cotillard, film lovers will find many of their favorite actors in this film. Furthermore, art and literature fanatics will have the opportunity to find out various details on the works and life of great representatives of culture.

Shot in Paris, the city of lights, Midnight in Paris is an incredible product from a visual point of view. Play of light and shadow transform a contemporary Paris into a Paris of the 1920s. The film recreates many iconic places of the 1920s, where great thinkers and artists gathered. Undoubtedly, Midnight in Paris will make you want to pack your bags and fly to France.

Midnight in Paris , the plot

Gil Pender is a Hollywood writer. Although his work has allowed him some economic prosperity, this is not enough for his spirit. Gil wants more, something he hasn’t found yet. When he and his wife take a trip to Paris, Gil has the desire to experience the city in a romantic way. Walking along the bridges, drinking wine under the stars… However, his wife Inez has other plans.

One night, when Gil goes out for a night walk, Paris gives him an incredible opportunity. In some magical way, Gil is transported to 1920s Paris. There, he will meet all the great artists of the moment. A friendship will be born with Hemingway and will meet Salvador Dalì and Pablo Picasso.

Scene from Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris , the idealization of a dream

While in the 1920s, Gil lives a dream he never imagined he could live. He has always wanted to meet the artists he admires in person. Long before his “time travel”, Gil had idealized the 1920s, the ones he cherished as a golden age.

Imagine this era as the heyday for the arts, literature, culture in general. In this fantastic time, Gil knows a woman who will win him over: Adriana. He falls in love with her and what she represents: the cultural life of the time she idealizes. However, Gil realizes he is experiencing an illusion only when he and Adriana are transported to the past.

Just as he had initially managed to arrive in the 1920s, Adriana and Gil are dispatched in 1890. There, they will meet Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin and Edgar Degas. When Adriana confesses that it is her favorite time, the three painters laugh contemptuously. The three think that the golden age took place much earlier.

Only then does Gil realize that his life is based on nostalgia. He also understands that we all do it in some way. And this is because the present is confusing, and we feel not only that the past is better, but also simpler and happier.

Two types of nostalgia

In the film, Gil Pender seems to experience two types of nostalgia. The first is historical nostalgia, in this case one yearns for a past moment, which has never been lived. The second is the personal one , linked to one’s personal experiences and memories.

It is the first type of nostalgia that brings Gil to enjoy the journey to the Paris of the past. However, it is personal nostalgia that drives him to return to the present.

Paul Bates, at one point in the film, says that nostalgia is nothing more than the denial of the painful present. It is longing for a past (recent or distant), and it arises when one is not comfortable in the present.

Nostalgia can be interpreted as a defense mechanism that allows you to deny bad experiences (at least temporarily). In reality, it is a fantasy, usually idealized. On the other hand, nostalgia can only be overcome if we admit that we have idealized it.

We need to analyze the era we crave as a period that has also had negative aspects. So Gil manages to recognize that the 1920s had their bad times, and that the present isn’t always that bad.

Sunset in Paris

Back to the present

Midnight in Pari s does not portray nostalgia only as a negative sentiment. Allen points out that the past is nothing more than a fantasy. At the same time, it offers us a small escape route.

There is no advantage in living anchored to past epochs. Instead, we can transform our lives and get closer to what satisfies us most, what is present in our fantasies.

In Gil’s case, he decides to return to the present ; he stays in Paris and begins his new life as a writer. Fantasies and nostalgia can help us identify those aspects that we are not comfortable with. It will be enough to identify them to change the course of our life, in the direction of what we really want.

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