Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Paris Is A Feast, Moveable Through Time...Part 2 of 3

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This is a long one, so I'm breaking it up into three parts.  Hope you all enjoy the latest of my inspirations...Here is Part 2 of 3

At a smoky night club, Gil was still in shock when he saw Edith Piaf mesmerizing her audience. After that he went to a cozy bistro where the Fitzgeralds introduced him to Ernest Hemingway. This meeting was particularly meaningful and overwhelming for Gil as he had just completed his first novel and he wanted desperately to transition from his well-paying profession to becoming a "starving writer".
Wilson's cold and unfeeling fiancé didn't share his character's romantic notions of finding inspiration in Paris like those he admired such as Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Gil believed that 1920's Paris was the best era in history. His admiration of the past was in fact the main theme of this film.

It's the present, it's dull."

"The present's not satisfying because life's a little unsatisfying sometimes."
 Gil and Hemingway went to meet Gertrude Stein who was having a passionate disagreement with Picasso about his latest piece, which she thought lacked his usual touch. There Gil met a beautiful woman named Arianna, who was a fictional mistress of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. She was a beautiful and enigmatic French woman with aspirations of becoming a fashion designer like Coco Chanel. She was the antithesis of Gil's fiancé.
Arianna also dreamed of living in the past. Her ideal time was "la belle époque" - late 19th century Paris where she dreamed of rubbing shoulders with the 'bon vivant' in Maxim's. One night when she and Gil went for a romantic moonlit stroll, they crossed the magic timeline together into Arianna's dream. At La Moulin Rouge, they met the brooding Toulouse Lautrec as well as Paul Gauguin and Edgar Degas. Ironically enough, these artists' idea of "L'age D'or" was the Renaissance.

"This generation is empty and has no imagination. Better to have lived during the Renaissance".

Continued tomorrow...

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