"" Writer's Wanderings: If You Can't Go To Paris, Go To The Movie

Monday, June 20, 2011

If You Can't Go To Paris, Go To The Movie

This weekend we saw Midnight in Paris with Owen Wilson in the lead role as a writer who is enamored with the city of lights, Paris. By Cinderella-like magic, at the stroke of twelve, he is picked up by a car and transported back to the 1920s, the time period he finds so interesting in Paris. There he meets Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Picasso and his mistress, T.S. Eliot, and a slew of other writers and artists of the day. The portrayal of those figures was fun and fascinating and tested my historical memory--the one that I should have acquired by more study of history in school.

What we enjoyed as much as the storyline, maybe even more, was revisiting places we'd been to in Paris. Much of the movie contains street scenes and shots of many of the places we have explored including the Montmarte where Picasso had his studio, the Orangerie where Monet's water lilies are displayed, and the bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, where many of the famous writers (before their fame) wrote in the upper rooms that were offered rent free.

The story was delightful. The scenery whisks you away to Paris. And you can glimpse what might have been. All in all, if you can't get to Paris, go to the movie. You won't be disappointed.

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