There's no time like the past, and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris raises a glass to the deliciously decadent days of la ville d l'amour during the 1920s, in a tale of time-traveling two-timing. But amid this celebration of times gone by, the notion of nostalgia is put to the test: Were things really better back then or are we just another generation of golden-age thinkers?
Owen Wilson is Gil, a Hollywood scriptwriter who's had an epiphany. Holidaying in Paris with wife-to-be Inez (Rachel McAdams) and the in-laws, Gil realises he should eschew his life of comfort and vapidity for bohemian Paris, where he'll finally get his novel down on paper, and get to spend some quality time "walking in the rain" (you know you're a romantic when you value poetry over risk of pneumonia). Inez, however, isn't exactly seduced by the idea, and Gil's actions will take him further away from her than he could ever have imagined.
If you've seen the trailer for Midnight in Paris, you only have the slightest idea of the twist that happens soon after Gil's rebirth as flaneur-by-night. Just as Allen's 1972 film Play It Again, Sam summons the inimitable Bogey back from the grave to play modern-day mentor, so in Midnight in Paris Gil finds himself transported back to the Lost Generation of post-World War 1 expat Paris, a time of flappers and the Charleston, Hemingway and Stein. Read the full story in The Prague Post.