Thursday, January 12, 2012

words worth reading

I finally saw Midnight in Paris. Which means for 94 minutes straight, I was smiling like a giddy child on Christmas morning. If you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, rent it tonight. It captures my favorite city in a way I've never seen before. The plot was brilliant, the music had me tapping my toes, and the writing! Well, see for yourself. Here are a few of my favorite lines from Woody Allen's beloved homage to the enchanted City of Lights.

"Adriana: That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me."

"Ernest Hemingway: I believe that love that is true and real creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing. And when the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face, like some rhino hunters I know, or Belmonte who is truly brave, it is because they love with sufficient passion to push death out of their minds. Until it returns, as it does to all men, and then you must make really good love again. Think about it."

"Adriana: I can never decide whether Paris is more beautiful by day or by night.
Gil: No, you can't, you couldn't pick one. I mean I can give you a checkmate argument for each side. You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can't. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights, I mean come on, there's nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the caf├ęs, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe."

"Gil: Can you picture how drop dead gorgeous this city is in the rain? Imagine this town in the '20s. Paris in the '20s, in the rain. The artists and writers!"

For those of you who won't be making it to Paris today, allow Mr. Allen and me to take you on a little tour:


And because no one can deliver that Hemingway line quite like the actor did:

45 comments:

  1. This has become one of my favorite movies- I've watched it almost a dozen times! Definitely trying to fit a trip to Paris in the budget for the year :)

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  2. I LOVED that movie! Owen Wilson melts my heart, and even though it was painful for me to see a mean Rachel McAdams, I like her in any form.

    I also truly think that my deep appreciation of that movie was the one thing that made suffering through my English MA degree worthwhile. Ha!

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  3. Ok, renting tonight. It has been on my list for far too long and these lines have my heart fluttering!

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  4. That does it. I HAVE to go to Paris! I am dying to explore this city. That opening scene is heaven, and Owen Wilson is adorable in the other clip.

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  5. Pete and I watched this the other night because he was dying to see it...I was shocked...AND he loved it...which again shocked me. I loved it too but I knew I would. So good!

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  6. I absolutely love this movie!

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  7. Those images and quotes are gorgeous! I hope that I can see Midnight in Paris soon; I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  8. LOVE this movie...saw it twice! Have always loved Woody Allen, the way he captures a city is genius- And Midnight in Paris was one of the best! That last image you have here, with the rain is just breathtaking...

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  9. what a coincidence! I rented this movie last night to watch tonight in hopes it would make me smile despite my sore throat. Considering the blog post I just wrote on my wanderlust, I'm a little worried my heart won't be able to take it, but I'll just have to suck it up. Thanks, Alaina!

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  10. I must go back to Paris! Putting this movie in the queue now!

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  11. I've been to Paris twice and would go back in a heartbeat. Renting tonight if you're recommendation is so high!

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  12. Been on my list forever and now I'm renting tonight. it is my favorite place in the world, and I cannot wait to go back next month!

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  13. I loved this movie!! I have never been to Paris but this movie truly transported me there!

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  14. I just saw it this past weekend and LOVED it!! I LOVE the line about walking around in the 1920's in the rain - perfect!

    I went to Paris on a senior trip in high school and fell in loooove. I have always wanted to go back and hopefully one day will be able to! :)

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  15. Ohh how I love Paris! I have movie night plans tonight with friends and I'm thinking we might have to track this one down.

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  16. Seeing this movie was my boyfriend and I's first date. We saw it at an old renovated downtown theater. Couldn't have been more perfect. :)

    - Margaret

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  17. I felt exactly the same way. I saw it on the plane, then watched it over Christmas with my family twice... I could watch over and over again, and every time, I still freak out over how much I love it!!! Great post!

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  18. I've seen this movie three times and I still feel that giddiness every time!

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  19. Love love loved this movie! Its like a love letter to Paris!

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  20. I've been wanting to see this but Owen Wilson scared me off ( he just grates on my nerves sometimes ). Definitely will be renting it soon, perhaps for a treat while my hubby is working on Saturday!

    Or I will make him watch it with me so that his desire to visit Paris will be as strong as mine. :-)

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  21. I finally watched it last week and was completely taken with it! It was so nice to put a live character to the famous writers of the past. I'm particularly in love with that Hemingway quote about love- magical.

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  22. OMG. I was lost in his voice, his focused stare and the thought of loving well...geez. I got the movie on New Years day, but was in and out of the room, so I lost interest.

    I am getting it again, curling under a blanket with a hot apple cider drink and would definitely pay attention now. :)

    I dream of going to Paris before I turn 30, and since it is around the corner...I better get to it.

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  23. I love that movie--and yes, the opening scenes are some of my favorite parts. Oh Paris. Love it.

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  24. @ artsyforager haha, Owen gets on my nerves too. I can't place my finger on it, but I run from his movies like a plague. Dunno y,but my issue to deal with :)

    I rented this movie 'cuz I liked the trailer...oh well!

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  25. Loved this movie!!! Never been to Paris, yet, but dream of going. My entire living room is decked out in Paris decor too! xox

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  26. I have heard SO many good things about this movie. Definitely renting it tonight! I'm sure afterwards I'll be planning my first trip to Paris :)

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  27. The opening scenes of this movie took me right back to being in Paris. Woody captured the feeling exactly. Paris is the most magical place on Earth, there's no doubt about it! I really hope you get to go this year!

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  28. I LOVED this movie so much! I saw it in the theater and then we went to the creperie across the street from landmark right after and devoured some crepes! Such a good film. So so good.

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  29. I keep hearing about this movie, I need to rent/buy it ASAP!

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  30. everyone keeps raving about it, so i guess i must watch it! and soon!

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  31. i loved this movie! everything was so gorgeous, it makes me want to count down the days until im back in versailles! xo

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  32. Ahh, I've been wanting to watch this movie! Thanks for the wonderful "preview" :)

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  33. I'm excited to watch the film. Got to grab a copy ASAP. Nice blog!

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  34. Going tonight...can't wait to see!!

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  35. I want to see this so bad! I saw it in Target yesterday, and almost bought it....need to check Netflix first. Though if it's as good as you say, I might as well add it to the collection!

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  36. It's a good movie. Woody Allen is brilliant and the dialogue has always been one of the best parts of his movies. xo
    Ada

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  37. As soon as I saw this film I immediately ordered the DVD for my husband so we can watch it again & again. Thanks for the quotes. Every time I watch a Woody Allen movie I get more out of it. Genius!

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  38. Just watched the Hemingway scene. Holy crap...amazing! Looks like the husband and I will be renting this tonight!

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  39. Have to see this movie this week! Loved watching the opening scene. And just love watching anything about Paris really ;) I miss it so much and hope to be back in a few months. Not to mention working daily with all of my might to own a flat there someday.. Oui, oui :)

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  40. Ok I have been wanting to see this for forever now. I must rent it tonight.

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  41. I saw this in theatres, and had to ask for it for Christmas! It's so witty and charming. Now it inspired me to read Paris Wife, which is also really good. Man, I loveParis!

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  42. Finally watched it last night. Loved it... especially from a writer's perspective. Beautiful...

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