I recently viewed Midnight in Paris, written and directed by Woody Allen, and fell in love. WHAT a wonderful movie! Rachel McAdams is one of my all time favorite actresses, and she has yet do disappoint. Owen Wilson was an absolute delight, and, well, who doesn’t love Kathy Bates? She’s fantastic. But, what is even more captivating than the performances of these fine actors, is the story of Midnight in Paris.
The proper synopsis of this film, (found on the official Midnight in Paris website) is thus:
This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It’s about a young man’s great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better. It stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, and Carla Bruni among others. ~ MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, written and directed by Woody Allen
But, I believe it is so much more than that. Imagine if you were able to go back to Paris in the 1920s? Imagine if you were able to drink gin martinis with Ernest Hemingway, share a meal with Salvatore Dali, and go dancing with the Fitzgeralds? Imagine, as a young and inexperienced writer, getting advice from Gertrude Stein? Can you possibly IMAGINE? As cliche as it may sound, this film teaches you that you’re never too old to imagine, to change direction, and to change your life.
It’s utterly intoxicating.
I recently had a conversation with a colleague of mine, who is in fact going back to school for education. He has been placed in an eleventh grade classroom, and his cooperating teacher is asking him to teach The Great Gatsby. He had asked me if I ever taught it before, and I haven’t in quite some time. But, being that some students may be resistant to a classic like The Great Gatsby, I suggested that he show his class Midnight in Paris. It is a wonderful way to hook them into the culture, the time period, and the passion of the great writers that are brought to life in this film.
It’s a perfect way to start off a unit!
Live, Love, Learn,
The Write Teacher