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->''If I could live anywhere, it would be a night in Paris [[NostalgiaFilter in the 1920s.]]''
-->-- '''Gil'''

''Midnight in Paris'' is a 2011 comedy/fantasy film directed by Creator/WoodyAllen.

Owen Wilson -- the latest actor to be handed Allen's "screen persona" nebbish character -- plays Gil, a hack but successful Hollywood screenwriter who dreams of writing novels. He and his fiancée Inez (Creator/RachelMcAdams) are visiting Paris with her parents; Gil falls in love with the city while Inez dreams of living in a Malibu suburb. One night, as Inez and her friends go out dancing, Gil takes a walk and discovers a square where every night at midnight, a magic car shows up that transports him to 1920s Paris. He continues to travel there, much to Inez's anger and suspicion.

The film seems to have joined ''Film/MatchPoint'' and ''Film/VickyCristinaBarcelona'' as one of Allen's more acclaimed later films. It has also seemingly struck a chord with audiences and become Allen's highest grossing film domestically (a title previously held by ''HannahAndHerSisters'' since [[TheEighties the '80s]]) and internationally.

The film became the first Allen film since ''Film/HannahAndHerSisters'' that was nominated for Best Picture. Allen also received a Best Director nomination and won Best Original Screenplay.

'''Warning: spoilers ahead.'''
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!!''Midnight in Paris'' contains examples of:
* AnAesop: the moral of the story is spoken out loud both in the beginning (by Paul) and in the end (by Gil).
* TheAntiNihilist: Gil finds his reality to be unsatisfying and his work as a Hollywood screenwriter to be worthless. He wishes to escape it all, and he does. However, he later concludes that there is no escape as life and present-day realities are always unsatisfying for everybody, and that's how one ''has to'' live. The story concludes with Gil, having decided to leave his "Golden Era", finally finding meaning and joy in his own contemporary era.
* AuthorAvatar: As is customary with Creator/WoodyAllen films, main character Gil is a stand-in for Creator/WoodyAllen, from the tucked-in shirts Gil wears to the nervous way Gil talks. He also leaves his fiancée and hooks up with a much younger woman.
* BilingualBonus: It helps to have a working knowledge of French while watching this film. Spanish could come in handy too.
* BoisterousBruiser: Creator/ErnestHemingway.
* BookEnds: The film opens and closes with scenes of Paris in the rain.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Gil believes that he would have fit in with the writers and artists of 1920s Paris. He gets to go back and find out firsthand (and he actually does get along quite well with them). Further, he falls in love with Adriana, who believes this about herself with LaBelleEpoque[[note]]And those in La Belle Epoque wish they were in TheRenaissance[[/note]]. Truthfully, this movie is a {{deconstruction}} of the trope, as it's clear to the audience and other cast from the beginning that Gil's real problem isn't modernity but something in himself.
* ButchLesbian: Gertrude Stein is the 1920s version of this trope.
* TheCameo: name a member of the Lost Generation and they'll probably have shown up or have been name checked at some point in this movie
* CassandraTruth: Gil tries to tell his fiancée about his experiences, leading her to think he may have a brain tumor. When he tries to tell the surrealists about his coming from the future, they think he's speaking metaphorically.
* ChekhovsGunman: Gabrielle the antique dealer.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Creator/SalvadorDali. He and his surrealist buddies are so out there that not only do they not question Gil's claim of being a time traveler, they find it perfectly unremarkable.
** Gil is also seen as this by Inez and her parents.
* CoversAlwaysLie: In the poster, [[spoiler: Owen Wilson (Gil) is shown up walking by the Seine with a background of Van Gogh's Starry Night. Vincent Van Gogh doesn't appear in the movie.]]
* DarkhorseVictory: Throughout the whole movie, the audience wonders if Gil will choose Inez or Adriana, but the final answer the film offers is less predictable.
* DashingHispanic: Juan Belmonte, the ''Toreador'' (bullfighter).
* DisposableFiance
* DumbassHasAPoint: Paul, [[KnowNothingKnowItAll for all his pedantic bluster]], actually summarizes the struggle Gil goes through most of the film early on.
* FanService: Inez unloading luggage from the car.
* GayParee
* TheGayNineties: Adriana's "Golden Age."
* GenreBusting: It's a sci-fi/fantasy/romantic comedy/drama.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Gil giving Adriana his fiances jewelry to try to seduce her is not treated as a particularly bad thing to do, but Inez cheating on Gil is another matter. The difference, of course, is in entirely in which character the audience sympathizes with (which is this trope in a nutshell). The nail in Inez's coffin, though, is that, even after being confronted by Gil and admitting that she slept with Paul, she brushes it off with a "what's the big deal?" attitude and wants to continue planning their wedding.
* HappyRain: Gil ''loves it'' when it rains in Paris. Gabrielle does as well. Quite possibly AuthorAppeal. This is also brought up in ''Film/EveryoneSaysILoveYou''.
* HistoricalInJoke: In spades.
* IChooseToStay: The whole plot is basically a will-he-or-won't-he dilemma built around this trope.
* InsufferableGenius: Subverted with Paul (the genius part, not the insufferable part). Inez thinks he's brilliant, but Gil, the tour guide, and the audience know that he's not.
* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: The Movie.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Inez, who doesn't seem to give a rat's ass about anything Gil says or wants.
* ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars:[[invoked]] Gil is a writer of these kinds of films. He hates them, Inez and her parents love them.
* {{Jerkass}}: Inez, her parents, and Paul. They have no qualms about openly ridiculing Gil even in his presence.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Paul Bates, whom a museum guide refers to as "the pedantic gentleman".
* LargeHam: Hemingway and Dalí. ...of course.
* MagicalRealism: It's never explained or even discussed how the time travel works, it's just there to provide the conflict necessary for the character to have his arch.
* MostWritersAreWriters: The main character is a writer trying to put the finishing touches on his novel. About half the supporting cast are famous writers of the early 20th century.
* NoodleIncident: Adriana tells Gil that she and her friends once hired a prostitute to "teach them what she knew." Gil seems torn between shock and amusement.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: The likely fate of the detective in 17th Century France.]]
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: All the men in the 1920s treat the women with the same level of respect as other men. If you buy the idea that it's all in Gil's head, then this makes sense as it's his idealized version of the 1920s.
** Gertrude Stein's influence with and access to publishers and booksellers i.e. ability to get struggling writers published had a lot to do with the respect she got. However, if you were 'just' an artist model or girlfriend, then your opinions were more easily dismissed.
** Music/ColePorter sings Bowdlerized lyrics for the first chorus of "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)"] which wouldn't be written until the 1940s- [[ValuesDissonance the original lyrics]] were [[spoiler: "Chinks do it, Japs do it, up in Lapland little Laps do it..."]].
* ReallyGetsAround: Adriana.
-->'''Gil:''' My God, you take 'art groupie' to a whole new level!
* RecycledInSpace: This film can be seen as ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'' for adults.
* TheRoaringTwenties: The "Golden Age" for Gil.
* RichBitch: Inez. She gets it from her mother.
* RomanticRain: At the end of the movie, Gil encounters Gabrielle, a young woman he has met before. They agree to stroll together at night in gentle rain.
* SceneryPorn: The movie starts with several lovely shots of Paris. Every scene makes Paris look fantastic, both in the past and the present.
* ShoutOut: Receives one (or rather, Gil does) from Edward Rutherfurd's 2013 historical fiction novel ''Paris''
--> '''Hadley:''' Don't go disappearing on us, like Gil.
--> '''Claire:''' Who's Gil?
--> '''Hadley:''' Oh, he was a nice young American that we all thought had promise. And then suddenly he wasn't there anymore. Disappeared without a word.
** More traditionally the yellow car that Gil travels to the '20s in is a reference to Jay Gatsby's yellow car in TheGreatGatsby.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Paul Bates.
* SmokingIsGlamorous: Zelda and Adriana.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Allen's short story "The Kugelmass Episode".
* SpoiledBrat: Inez.
* StableTimeLoop: It's suggested (but never explored in depth) that Gil saves Zelda's life and thus prevents a paradox.
* [[StrawmanPolitical Strawman Republican]]: Inez's Dad.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Ernest Hemingway.
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: [[spoiler:Gil doesn't end up with either Inez or Adriana, rather Gabrielle, a young French woman.]]
* ThisIsGoingToBeHuge: / ItWillNeverCatchOn: Gil gives Luis Buñuel the basic plot of ''Film/TheExterminatingAngel''. Buñuel is puzzled.
-->'''Buñuel:''' ''Why'' can't they leave?
* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailer deliberately hides the TimeTravel aspects of the story, making it seem like Gil has found something contemporary. The trailer also implies the 'disappearance' of the detective following Gil is a major plot point instead of the minor BrickJoke it is in the film.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Some of the people Gil meets aren't as well known as others. Knowledge of [[Creator/LuisBunuel Luis Buñuel]]'s filmography is required to get one joke in particular. Creator/JosephineBaker is not even identified by name and audiences not familiar with her are left only with Gil's reaction to know she's supposed to be anyone important.
* WritersSuck: Gil [[SelfDeprecation believes this about himself]], at least with his screenwriting.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: [[invoked]] Gil has done this with his novel.
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