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Midnight in Paris is a romantic comedy fantasy film written and directed by Woody Allen. Set in Paris, the film follows Gil Pender, a screenwriter, who is forced to confront the shortcomings of his relationship with his materialistic fiancée and their divergent goals, which become increasingly exaggerated as he travels back in time each night at midnight. The movie explores themes of nostalgia and modernism.
Produced by Spanish group Mediapro and Allen’s Gravier Productions, the film stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody. It premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was released in North America in May 2011. The film opened to critical acclaim and has commonly been cited as one of Allen’s best films in recent years. In 2012, the film won both the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Awards for Best Screenplay; and was nominated for three other Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Art Direction. It was shown on Channel 3 on Spanish television with subtitles and won a Goya Award.
Even for people who have never been to Paris, the name of the city is more than a metaphor for magic—it’s almost a synonym. Certainly there’s no better place on earth that Woody Allen could have chosen for his new romantic comedy than Paris. It is a city with a unique mythology and heritage, celebrated for the extraordinary beauty of its streets, boulevards and gardens, as well as the splendor found inside so many of the greatest museums in the world.
The resonance of its history, from major political and cultural events to the aura of its legendary restaurants and cafés, is felt everywhere. The past endures and shines brightly in Paris, which makes it well-suited for a story of a man reinvigorating his feelings and finding inspiration to reflect on his life.
Midnight in Paris is Woody Allen’s valentine to the City of Lights, which he considers equal to New York as the great city of the world. “Of course I’m partial to New York because I was born there and grew up there,” he says, “but if I didn’t live in New York, Paris is the place I would live.” The film is the second time Allen has filmed there, after a small bit of EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU. “I get great enjoyment out of presenting Paris to the cinema audience the way I see it,” he says. “Just as with New York, where I present it one way, and other directors present it other ways, somebody else could come and shoot Paris in a completely different way. I want to present it my way, projecting my own feelings about it.”
Allen fell in love with Paris during the shooting of WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT, his debut film as an actor and writer. Much like Gil, the protagonist of MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, he’s rueful about not staying there after the filming, as others on the film did. “It was an adventure that was too bold for me at the time,” he says. “In retrospect I could have stayed, or at the very minimum taken an apartment and divided my time—but I didn’t, and I regret that.”
Midnight in Paris
Directed by: Woody Allen
Starring: Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson, Nina Arianda, Audrey Fleurot, Alison Pill
Screenplay by: Woody Allen
Production Design by: Anne Seibel
Cinematography by: Darius Khondji
Film Editing by: Alisa Lepselter
Costume Design by: Sonia Grande
Set Decoration by: Hélène Dubreuil
Art Direction by: Jean-Yves Rabier
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references and smoking.
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date: May 20, 2011
Related Link: View the Full Production Notes for Midnight in Paris
The first teaser trailer for Doctor Strange dropped April 12 during Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Within an hour, it had already racked up nearly 100,000 views on YouTube, so you know the magic is real. This first glimpse, which seems largely culled from the first half of the film, drops a few hints of what we might expect from the full theatrical feature. What’s secreted within these scenes from Doctor Strange?
The most notable reveal in this trailer is Rachel McAdams. She’s avoided sharing details of her character, leading many to believe she’d be playing Clea, the Doctor’s main love interest. We briefly see her as a nurse in a hospital here, seemingly confirming very unusual early rumors that she’d be playing the obscure character Night Nurse, whose specialty is fixing up busted superheroes. This might sound like Rosario Dawson’s character in Daredevil, because it is—or at least it was, until Marvel made the showrunner change her name so Night Nurse could be used in the studio’s films.
Linda Carter, a.k.a. Night Nurse, has no actual superpowers, but finds herself hooked up with unusually-powered patients after a run-in with an injured Daredevil. Later on, she aids Captain America’s team during Marvel’s Civil War, which all but confirms which side Doctor Strange will take in the superhero struggle (if the Sorcerer Supreme actually ends up choosing a side at all). It’s worth noting that in the comics, Strange and Carter begin a relationship during the miniseries The Oath. Clea or not, these two are probably gonna smooch.
Marvel tends to play it fast and loose with their characters’ origins on the big screen. Thor’s is never really explained, Captain America’s is totally accurate, and Ant-Man is kind of a deep dish pizza of comic ideas just mashed together—all of which is to say there was no telling how they’d handle Strange’s backstory.
This trailer makes it abundantly clear that Doctor Strange’s cinematic roots will stay fairly true to the comics: he’s arrogant surgeon who gets into a car accident that destroys his hands, leading him to pursue a career in the mystic arts as an alternative method of healing. Steve Ditko, who created the character, should be feeling pretty good right now.
When the mystic Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton, punches Strange out of his own body in the trailer, it’s not some crazy ninja death move, but rather a way of forcing Strange into his astral form—where he can avoid physical damage and instantly traverse dimensions and distances. When Strange shows up in the comics he’s often just an apparition anyhow, projecting from the safety of his Sanctum Sanctorum and telling people what to do to save the world, so we should probably expect to see a lot of this Casper routine.
Early reports of Mads Mikkelsen’s character indicated that there were only two similarly-attired, purple-eyed followers in his thrall, but here we see at least four, which eliminates most of the early theories about him playing part of a notable evil Marvel trinity. It’s also probably pretty important to note here that Mads’ head was not actually on fire in the trailer, and he wasn’t wreathed by any bodily special effects, so our geekiest hopes for Mikkelsen playing Dormammu have seemingly been quashed.
The Escher-like landscapes that spin and twist in the Strange trailer seem like they’d be more appropriate for a Michel Gondry music video, but it stands to reason that this is how Marvel is choosing to visually interpret the travel between dimensions and planes, rather than just a fancy swirl of light and glitter. The origami approach is neat, but it only raises more questions about Mikkelsen’s character. He’s not actually twisting matter, but just exhibiting the same dimension-folding powers as the Ancient One. Who the heck is this guy, anyway? We’re sadly still no closer to an answer.
Mordo and Strange United
In the comics, Doctor Strange and Baron Mordo are archenemies who’ve been begrudging allies only in the best of times, with each competing for the respect and powers of the Ancient One. We’ve seen them together in a promotional still swiped from the set, but now we finally see them entering the Ancient One’s chambers together. Obviously, they’re uniting despite their philosophical differences to fight this new villain—but they’re still probably not friends.
We barely see Doctor Strange in his full, high-collared regalia, but we see him walking up some mysterious steps in the final moments of the trailer. This is what can probably be seen as the clip’s only real Easter Egg, as he’s approaching the very iconic shape of the window to his personal Sanctum Sanctorum.
As dedicated Doctor Strange readers know, the Sanctum is his personal headquarters, built on an ancient Native American burial ground in Greenwich Village (that’s where the best magical juices flow, obviously). By film’s close, it looks like Strange will have set up his creepy office.
Born: Rachel Anne McAdams
Birth Date: November 17, 1978
Birth Place: London, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5′ 4″ (1,63 m)
Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 was performing in Shakespearean productions in summer theater camp; she went on to graduate with honors with a BFA degree in Theater from York University. After her debut in an episode of Disney’s The Famous Jett Jackson (1998), she co-starred in the Canadian TV series Slings and Arrows (2003), a comedy-drama about the trials and travails of a Shakespearean theater group, and won a Gemini award for her performance in 2003.
Her breakout role as Regina George in the hit comedy Kötü kizlar (2004) instantly catapulted her onto the short list of Hollywood’s hottest young actresses. She followed that film with a star turn opposite Ryan Gosling in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller Not Defteri (2004), which was a surprise box office success and became the predominant romantic drama for a new, young generation of moviegoers. After filming, McAdams and Gosling became romantically involved and dated through mid-2007. McAdams next showcased her versatility onscreen with the manic comedy Davetsiz çapkinlar (2005), the thriller Gece uçusu (2005), and the holiday drama Aile baglari (2005).
Rachel McAdams then explored the independent film world with Married Life (2007), which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and also starred Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson. Starring roles in the military drama The Lucky Ones (2008), the newspaper thriller Devlet oyunlari (2009), and the romance Zaman yolcusunun karisi (2009) followed before she starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Guy Ritchie’s international blockbuster Sherlock Holmes (2009).
McAdams played the plucky producer of a failing morning TV show in Sabah Nesesi (2010), the materialistic fiancée of Owen Wilson in Woody Allen’s Paris’te Gece Yarisi (2011), and returned to romantic drama territory with the hit film Ask Yemini (2012) opposite Channing Tatum. The actress also stars with Ben Affleck in Terrence Malick’s Askin Izleri (2012) and alongside Noomi Rapace in Brian De Palma’s thriller Öldüren Tutku (2012).
In 2005, McAdams received ShoWest’s “Supporting Actress of the Year” Award as well as the “Breakthrough Actress of the Year” at the Hollywood Film Awards. In 2009, she was awarded with ShoWest’s “Female Star of the Year.” As of 2011, she has been romantically linked with her Paris’te Gece Yarisi (2011) co-star Michael Sheen.