There has been a long standing love affair between the City of Light and the City of Angels. Many of us began longing for Paris because of the movies we saw growing up. Romance? Adventure? Joie de vivre and la vie bohème? Brought to us via the big screen in glorious color. Or, brought to us via the late night movie on our TV sets. Either way, it was fabulous. “An American In Paris”, “Irma la Douce”, “Charade” and so many more. Paris was always there. It may have been the Hollywood version, but it was close enough.
2011 was a great year for those of us who go to a movie because there’s a French connection -
First off we have Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”. Anyone who loves Paris has to see this movie. The opening scenes alone are worth the price of admission. I love this film. So much imagination and set in Paris in the 1920’s, a great time for art and literature in the city. Hemingway, Stein, Fitzgerald, Picasso, Dali....they're all here. After watching this movie you'll want to hop on the first plane to CDG. The film won the Oscar for best screenplay.
|"Midnight in Paris"|
And, of course, “The Artist”, from French film maker Michel Hazanavicius. What’s not to like? It won the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Director, Best Score……and if you don’t love “Uggie” the four legged star, well there’s no hope for you. "The Artist" isn’t set in France, but we’ll forgive that this time. Set in 1920’s Hollywood, a black and white film with no dialogue is just what we need (a little quiet). A good story with sympathetic charcters.
|"The Artist", Jean Dujardin and Uggie|
Maybe it's the way the world is right now, but isn't it odd all three movies are set in the 1920's - 1930's? For me this is perfect.
I'm hoping the directors, producers and actors notice how popular this trend is. We want more more more!
A wonderful link about Hugo
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Midnight In Paris Trailer
The Artist Trailer