Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Midnight in Paris

Owen Wilson in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris

"Within my young friend's heart what mysteries keep
Aglow, soul from this sweet mask breathing a flower?"
from La Dormeuse by Paul Valery

Published in Paris, a Literary Chronicle of Paris in the 1920's and 1930's, by Hugh Ford

"Well, Ernest, here you are again talking to me at the Cafe de Flore in Paris. I haven't seen you for a while. I have several versions of that sonnet I wrote after your death but I never got it right. I love you, Ernest, I still do. You were an interesting man, and the first friend I really quarrelled with..."
from "Ernest Appears Again" by Leonard Cohen

"Colin Field behind the Bar Hemingway, Hotel Ritz, la Place Vendome," photo by Thomas Harris

"I had nothing more to give you of myself last night than any man,
Sated and avuncular and filled with his own good rhapsodies. But
One thing you can be certain of, nonetheless: the bird I saw there,
Up in a tree from the village yard, was a happy bird, and the pail
I kicked, later on in the dark, bounced all the way up to heaven
And back, and it gave itself to the night, and was full, and slept."
from Little Gidding by T.S. Eliot

They are all there: Hemingway, Picasso, Dali, T.S. Eliot, Carla Bruni(!), Fitzgerald, Man Ray... And if determined, you can go back even further to La Belle Epoque, the court of Louis XIV...


  1. Ah, where would we be, were it not for Paris ?

  2. Man Ray is my current craze! Sometimes I think I was born a century too late.

  3. Ah! Paris! My husband and I plan to take a trip there next summer! Is it summer of 2012 yet?

  4. So, does this mean you've seen the latest Woody Allen movie? I saw previews for it when I was in Montreal and it looked charming...unlike some of his more recent offerings.
    Bises, chère Marguerite

  5. oh my god, margaret, i have to have this!! i love paris. been there only once but i am in love forever. i can't wait to go back, though i don't know when

    have you been, margaret? i want to know and if you have and if you don't mind, i want to hear about it

    love love

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  8. And we'll not only always have Paris, Owen, but we'll also have it down through the centuries!

  9. You're right, Stickup: so many different facets to this Man. He is so perfect for this movie depicting Paris in the 1920's, and he kept morphing into different media until his death. Always being curious is a good way to live--keeps one out of that rut.

  10. Choices, that's wonderful! That will be a trip to remember! I'd be counting the days!

  11. Yes, Lynne! And it's his best film in years! I hope you see it--let me know!

  12. Thanks, kj! You have to see this movie (and this book looks good, too)! I lived in Paris (actually in Versailles, a suburb), teaching American English at Berlitz for about a year. It was great to both live in the present and the past (seeing all the places French and ex-patriate American writers lived and worked). Definitely a must-see-again venue!