Woody Allen just premiered my favorite film of his, ever. Welcome to Paris in 2010, where the city of lights by day is romantic, charming and enchanting as only this city could be. There is magic in this place where the light is pink, though, and at Midnight In Paris, wishful daydreams come true.
Enter Gil (Owen Wilson) who discovers at the stroke of midnight each night, that his dream of living in what he believes is the "Golden Age" of Paris in 1920, can be a reality. He climbs into a vintage car that stops for him on the Rue du Montagne Ste Genevieve and whisks him off to a party where Cole Porter is playing piano for all the guests, including his wife Linda, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Scott's wife, Zelda. Scott takes him to meet Ernest Hemingway who takes him to meet Gertrude Stein and we see cameos of Alice B. Toklas and Josephine Baker. Stein is, of course, hanging out with Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. More visits to this beautiful golden era find Gil in the company of T.S. Elliot, Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel.
Gil meets a lovely lady in the 20's who dreams of being in Paris before the turn of the century when Maxim's was all the rage and her dream comes true for her, just as Gil found himself in the 20's of Paris, Gil and his lady friend Adriana find themselves back in time in her ideal golden age where they meet Toulouse, Gauguin and Degas.
The question then becomes... are all those golden eras that we believe came before us really golden or were they just as common as our own era today is? I have said that I would love to have lived during the height of Egyptian and Greek and Roman glories, the Renaissance, and in the 20's, and in the 40's and that I was born too late for the old soul that I am, but perhaps I did live in those times and that's why they are precious to me, or perhaps the romantic in me loves the idea of being in a time and place that saw the birth of the things I love so much now.
It's a wonderful query, and it is an abundant banquet of a film that is delicious in every single aspect; in writing, music, history, literature, art, humor, politics,
romance, surrealism, nostalgia, idealism, and love...
and most of all, it is the very quintessential heart of one of the most special, wonderful cities in the world, the city of lights; Paris.
There is a day trip to the Palace of Versailles and some wonderful views of the grounds and the Hall of Mirrors there.
One of the sweetest moments in the film is found in a poetic comment Gil makes to Adriana on the
Rue du Chevalier de la Barre stairway in Montmartre, just underneath Sacre Coeur, when he tells her that Paris must be the most beautiful city in the universe.
There is also a quick cameo moment when he walks out of Shakespeare and Company; an English bookstore across the Seine from Notre Dame, a bookstore which is owned by Walt Whitman's grandson.
This is Allen's crown jewel, I believe, and I can't wait to dance to the luscious, rich soundtrack, and find myself in this wonderful story and dream, again and again.
Scarlett, "You are the woman who sees and feels like no other on the planet and is working very hard to tell the story that needs telling... without words." ~Kenn Bisio
A Proud Member of The Shameless Lions Writing Circle
Meet Viaggiatore... the world traveler. One of 48 Lions of Lyon, France in The Shameless Lions Writing Circle. He's GONE! He only just arrived! Now where in the world did he go... would you mind looking to see if you can find him somewhere about this page?
"Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds,"~Shakespeare
from "A Poets Voice"
The power of charity sows deep in my heart, and I reap and gather the wheat in bundles and give them to the hungry.My soul gives life to the grapevine and I press its bunches and give the juice to the thirsty.Heaven fills my lamp with oil and I place it at my window to direct the stranger through the dark.I do all these things because I live in them; and if destiny should tie my hands and prevent me from so doing, then death would be my only desire. For I am a poet, and if I cannot give, I shall refuse to receive.-Kahlil Gibran
"Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of." ~Sarah Orne Jewett
My Peculiar Aristocratic Title
My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is: Her Grace Lady Wanderlust Scarlett the Indefensible of Eschaton End
"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
My Fortune Cookie told me:
Flee at once, all is discovered.
pardon me, I must be going now!
"Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind." ~Samuel Johnson
The Little Black Box
Caroline Smailes novel Black Boxes
Click on DECIDE on the Little Black Box... and let your choices determine your path... there's no telling where in the world you will go!
"Truth is the only safe ground to stand upon." ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The Breast Cancer Site
Go to it and click every day to fund free mammograms
"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."~Guillaume Apollinaire
"Light tomorrow with today"~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
My rendition of "The Kiss"
Thanks Marshall and Shelby, 7dancers www.7dancers.com
"Success supposes endeavor" ~Jane Austen
"Hope - the recognition, by true foresight, of better things to be reached hereafter." ~John Ruskin
Paris and Versailles
"Scarlett, world traveller that you and V. are, you are entitled to drop foreign phrases like rose petals on garden pavers, like so many coins upon a server's tray, like so many visa stampings on a passport." ~Pawlie Kokonuts
"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The BEST staircase in the world
betcha can't guess where in the world it is!
Estes Park - the gateway to the Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountain Sunset
A place in the sun
An empty bench by Lake Dillon, Rocky Mountains
Here comes the sun
Lake Dillon - Rocky Mountains
Lake Dillon in the Rocky Mountains
a different view of the lake
Sunset in Cabo
Someone at the Peking Noodle company finally fixed the fortune maker in the fortune cookie machine.
I've been getting increasingly lousy fortunes for far too long now and I recently got one that was so good I taped it to my keyboard. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"You will go to Africa to take over the greatest gold mine there"... it says.
I was very excited about this news, of course, and only slightly less excited that I'd finally gotten a really good fortune with my cookie. May you also be surprised with fortune this good, when you crack open your next cookie.
Fixing fortunes.... without gloves... uh.... huh.....