My Favorite Moments in the 2011 Best Picture nominees: Midnight in Paris

Our next Best Picture nominee is Midnight in Paris. A delightful film. One of my favorite of Woody Allen’s films. It’s a delightful little fantasy, and definitely one of Allen’s best films in recent years.

Here are my favorite moments from Midnight in Paris:

5. The simplicity of the conceit.

Not to mention, the conceit itself. In a way, it’s Woody Allen’s Hugo. But the simplicity of — “Get in the car.” No explanation, just “get in the car.” And right there, you just go along with the fantasy of it all. It’s quite brilliant.

4. Corey Stoll as Hemingway

He has the great line of, “My opinion is I hate it.” And then explains, “If it’s bad, I’ll hate it because I hate bad writing. If it’s good, I’ll be envious and hate it all the more.” It’s such a perfect Hemingway.

3. Gil talking Zelda off the ledge.

Another great performance. Alison Pill is superb as Zelda Fitzgerald. This scene with her is definitely my favorite. Wilson explaining that no matter what she thinks, Scott really does love her, and then the joke of him giving her the valium — great moment.

2. “Oh, Mr. Buñuel, I had a nice idea for a movie for you. A group of people attend a very formal dinner party, and at the end of dinner when they try to leave the room, they can’t.”

The little punchlines are always the great joy of a Woody Allen film. Buñuel’s reaction to it is priceless. And then the extra bonus of, “Maybe one day while you’re shaving, it might tickle your fancy.” You can’t suppress a good writer.

1. The poster.

Okay, so maybe I’m cheating here, but I really did like that poster. It perfectly captures everything about this movie. And the poster manages to encapsulate all of my feelings about this film (feelings I actually don’t necessarily have while watching the film. Since the film itself is actually lacking in parts, and it’s really the feeling the film exudes that makes it work so well. That’s why I love looking at the poster).

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One response

  1. I’ve just been browsing your blog and was immediately intrigued, and wondered if you have ever wrote about this film – and hey ho you have! I really honestly didn’t get this film I feel – I didn’t think it was that brilliant. Aside from Corey Stoll, I just thought it was really bland. What am i missing here?

    February 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm

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