Historical Themes In Midnight In Paris

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Paris is often considered to be one of the greatest cities in the world. It radiates a rich culture of creativity and innovation that is unique to the city. It is often revered as a birthplace for many traits of the modern French culture, and many of these traits have resonated with modern cultures across the whole globe. From being the center of revolutions to the center of a modern renaissance, the inhabitants of Paris, past and present, have created a city that is world renowned. In the movie “Midnight in Paris,” historical aspects of Paris as well as modern aspects are put on display. The movie focuses mainly on Paris in the 1920’s and immerses the main character, Gill, in the times of great painters, writers, musicians, and other influential figures from the period. Although the film attempts to display Parisian life in the 1920s, it does so with a narrow standpoint, leaving out many aspects of Paris during this time period. The 1920s were a booming time for Paris. The emergence of great American literature writers such as Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Elliot, and Gertrude Stein happened in this city during this time. The film does a great job in presenting the prestige of this era, focusing on these revered writers interacting at fascinating parties, and discussing their works amongst each other. To put into a phrase, the film captured a “picture perfect” Paris. Despite these events, the film creates a false sense of perfection during this time era. It doesn’t focus on

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