Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Paris Is A Feast, Moveable Through Time...Part 1 of 3

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This is a long one, so I have spread this posting out for the next few days.  Hope you all enjoy the latest of my inspirations...

Movie poster for
"Midnight in Paris"
 I recently watched a Woody Allen film called "Midnight In Paris" starring Owen Wilson.  Allen's directorial/writing styles may not appeal to some, but I certainly loved this movie as the star of the story wasn't one of the actors, but my favourite city of lights.

Alison Pill as Zelda Fitzgerald and Tom Hiddleston as F. Scott Fitzgerald in "Midnight in Paris."
"The Fitzgeralds"
Wilson's character (Gil) was on vacation in Paris with his flighty fiancĂ© and her parents.  One night he was wandering the streets a little drunk and upset, when as the clock struck twelve, a beautiful vintage 1920's car pulled up and the people within urged him to accompany them.  They went to a party for Jean Cocteau where the who's who of the American expatriate club was in attendance.  It turned out that Gil was somehow transported back to 1920's Paris.  Cole Porter was at the piano crooning away.  Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald introduced themselves to Gil, who began to realise that something magical was happening.

The room was meticulously decorated like a Parisian style salon in the grand days of the roaring 20's.  It was a smoky and festive room full of laughter and not a care in the world.  The women were glamorously dressed in their most glittery flapper dresses.  Men had their hair slicked back, wearing impeccably smart suits with debonair flair.  The champagne was flowing and so was the fun.

The magic of the evening had spread outside.  The darkened streets were also transformed as there were many beautiful vintage cars parked quietly for the night.  And during these scenes, Cole Porter jauntily sang his famous tune "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)".  I was also immediately plucked from my sofa and into these scenes as if Allen invited the viewers into this wonderland time.

Continued tomorrow...

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