Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris is a romantic comedy film from 2011 directed by Woody Allen, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, for which he won the Oscar in 2012. Starring Owen Wilson is seen.


The successful Hollywood screenwriter Gil Pender accompanied with his fiancée Inez her parents on a business trip to Paris. With the in-laws Gil does not understand very well. Inez ' father is politically on the right edge of the Republican Party and sympathizes with the Tea Party movement. Even with his fiancée, he has little in common. Gil is currently working on his first novel, which he wants to prove that he is able to write literary higher standing than screenplays. Gil is fascinated by Paris and would love to move to the wedding there, Inez these plans meet but with little enthusiasm. Gil's enthusiasm is especially the Paris of the 1920s, where he would have liked to live.

One day the couple runs into Inez 's former fellow student Paul and his wife, with whom Gil and Inez spend from now on a lot of time. Paul then attempts to impress at every opportunity, the other by his encyclopedic knowledge. However, Gil is from the Paul pseudo-intellectual in his eyes less impressed than his fiancee. It so happens that Gil secretes one evening after a wine tasting of the group.

On his way to the hotel he lost and discouraged takes on a staircase in a quiet side street space. Shortly after midnight ringing suddenly an old-fashioned car stops and the serene passengers invite him to come along. He finds himself at a party where all the guests wear fashion in the 1920s. At the piano sits a piano player who sings Cole Porter songs, and Gil visually and musically strangely familiar. As imagines him a writer named F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gil says the party is in honor of Jean Cocteau, he first thinks it was a joke until he is aware that he has made a leap in time: He's in Paris in the 1920s landed and meets Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, the surrealist Salvador Dalí, Man Ray and Luis Buñuel ( this he suggests in a later scene, an action for a film, which exactly corresponds to the the Exterminating Angel 1962 of Buñuel's film). He can hardly believe his luck and spends from now on every night with his new friends. This makes it more and more alienated from his fiancee Inez.

On one hand, insecure regarding his state of mind, on the other hand, elated by the nocturnal excursions, his work falls on his novel, he gives Gertrude Stein to read, increasingly easier. When Gertrude Stein, he also learns the silent Pablo Picasso and especially its lovely mistress Adriana know, of which he is immediately very impressed. Adriana is also predisposed nostalgic; However, their admiration is considered the time of the turn of the century, the so-called " Belle Époque ". During the day, Gil lives in the present, at night in the 1920s. When he finds the diary of Adriana in a bookseller, he learns that she has fallen in love with him, and he confesses to her at night also his love. After some kissing, Gil and Adriana get into a carriage that brings them to the Belle Époque, where they meet at the Moulin Rouge Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec, Paul Gauguin and Edgar Degas. Adriana is delighted and wants to stay in this time. In an interview with the three gentlemen turns out that even these would prefer to live a bygone era, the Renaissance.

Gil realizes that people long for the past because the present is always WOULD dull and tedious to them. He decides to accept the present. Inez confesses an affair with Paul. Gil breaks up with her ​​and the next night the walk no longer leads him to the quiet side street, from where he started his time travel. Instead, he meets while walking the attractive antiques seller Gabrielle ( when he had the day before bought a record ) and accompanied them home in the rain.



  • The film opened on 11 May 2011, the International Film Festival of Cannes 2011 and ran it out of competition. Theatrical release in Spain was on 13 May 2011, in the United States on 10 June 2011 and in Germany on August 18, 2011.
  • The film represents the work of 42 Directed by Woody Allen


" This is how Woody Allen joke: He does not work with clichés, but plays with them, send them through the colorful prism of irony. Also in the figure drawing, for which he has significantly tamed the misanthropy of his last movies here. All his characters could, as once the city euro sufferers Alvy exclaim: 'I love being reduced to a cultural stereotype !' "

" Of course you can Woody Allen all the kitsch that may be cemented early as the topos of the American in Paris accused. Finally, the Paris looks the same at the beginning like the pretty faded photos of a glorified holiday memory. [ ... ] But all these clichés to hew closely to the ears would indeed be obvious, but also boring and wrong. Simply because Allen has now apart exactly on them, just because they give the minds of many American intellectuals imagine who know Paris only from their travel photos. [ ... ] So why not sit back [ ... ] and have a good time over an ever slightly sweaty Hemingway. "

"How lovingly and with what ease and cheerfulness Allen brings together, is just admirable. Like his handling of actors: Owen Wilson apparently had to make only to Woody Allen to come in its complexity as a performer to full advantage. No director has brought out so much from this man. What a magical movie! "

" The Woody Allen movie has become a product (which is always the same typography and closing credits, jazz and film music, constant updating of the cast lists by each hip actresses Stars ) is due to its consistent corporate identity easily recognizable and its reliable periodicity (every year a new film ) sent between supply shortages and demand satisfaction balanced. [ ... ] The first French adventure in the business balance sheet is titled Midnight in Paris, and is subsidized by the French pride by a performance by the president's wife Carla Bruni as a tour guide at the Musée Rodin. "

" With wit and ease the tension between desire and reality is eskapistischem playful resolved by the imagination is equated as experience space of reality. "

Awards and nominations

Oscar 2012

  • Nomination in the category Best Film for Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
  • Nomination for Best Director for Woody Allen
  • Award in the category for Best Original Screenplay Woody Allen
  • Nomination in the category Best Art Direction for Anne Seibel and Hélène Dubreuil

Golden Globe Awards 2012

  • Nomination for Best Picture - Comedy or Musical for Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
  • Nomination for Best Director for Woody Allen
  • Award in the category Best Screenplay for Woody Allen
  • Nomination in the category Best Actor - Comedy or Musical for Owen Wilson

British Academy Film Awards 2012

  • Nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Woody Allen

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2012

  • Nomination in the category Best Film for Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
  • Nomination for Best Comedy for Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
  • Award in the category for Best Screenplay Woody Allen

Satellite Awards 2011

  • Nomination in the category Best Film for Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
  • Nomination for Best Director for Woody Allen
  • Nomination in the category Best Supporting Actress for Rachel McAdams

Directors Guild of America Award 2012

  • Nomination for Best Director for Woody Allen

Writers Guild of America Award 2012

  • Award in the category for Best Original Screenplay Woody Allen

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012

  • Nomination in the category Best Acting Ensemble for Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni and Rachel McAdams