Tuesday, November 8, 2011


By D.E.Levine

For a man who dedicated most of his career to New York films, Woody Allen has been doing a lot of traveling lately.

Over the past few years he's set his films in London, Spain and now Paris. This film, his 41st, is really a love story to Paris, starting with a travelogue of all the major sights.

Gil (Owen Wilson), a screenwriter from Hollywood, goes on a holiday to Paris with his fiance Inez (Rachel McAdams) and her parents

Frankly, this is a couple who doesn't have very much in common. He harbors the desire to write a great novel and live in Paris. She wants to live in an upper class suburb in the USA.

While Gil, awe-struck, follows Hemingway's trail of pubs and bistros, Inez goes shopping. At night Gil goes out by himself, gets lost and sits down on some church steps and as the bell rings midnight a Peugeot filled with revelers pulls up.

The revelers include Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and by sticking with them Gil is plunged into the Jazz Age and meets a great many of the famous artists of the time like Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Picasso, Dali and Brunel for example.

Gil is so intrigued with the artists and entranced by the Jazz Age that he keeps going back. Is it all in his imagination or has he really time traveled?

Gil is appealing and sincere, and his relationships with the artists cause him to change the course of his life in and unexpected manner.

Overall, this is just a wonderful, entertaining, feel good film with magnificent cinematography.