Midnight in Paris
1. Woody Allen’s purpose of the film is to engage with the audiences ideas relating to belonging to a certain time period , and how that time shift can determine who you are in and out of that time. 2. The text is intended for any real keen movie goers who are interested in interesting concepts as well as great scenery of the beautiful city of Paris. 3. Gil Pender, a successful but creatively unfulfilled Hollywood screenwriter, and his fiancée, Inez, are in Paris, vacationing with Inez's wealthy, conservative parents. One night, Gil gets drunk and becomes lost in the back streets of Paris. At midnight, a 1920s Peugeot Type 176 car draws up beside him, and the passengers, dressed in 1920s clothing, urge him to join them. They go to a party for Jean Cocteau where Gil comes to realize that he has been transported back to the 1920s, an era he idolizes. He encounters Alice B. Toklas, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, who take him to meet Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway agrees to show Gil's novel to Gertrude Stein, and Gil goes to fetch his manuscript from his hotel. However, as soon as he leaves, he finds he has returned to 2010 and the bar has disappeared. He feels as if he belongs to the 1920s once he has visited and starts to realise how better suited he is to be in that time period. As he starts to notice and appreciate his sense of belonging to time and place, 1920s in Paris his dull life in present day 2012 becomes unfulfilling in his eyes. 4. The perspective of a 40 year old amidst a mid-life crisis is displayed in Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’, and the themes of belonging to time and place are expressed throughout the film. The themes express to the audience that many people (in this case Gil) can feel confined in the time period or situation in life that they may be in. Gil needs to escape from his life, and is able to do this at midnight in Paris by entering into a perhaps imaginary world created by his borderless mind. 5. Gil is constantly remarking about how beautiful he finds Paris in the rain, yet his fiancé does not feel the same and dislikes getting wet. Very simple language but from very early on symbolises their differences. The gap between him and his fiancé is widened with the more time he spends in the past, where he meets Adriana who he falls for instantly. Ironically she feels as if she does not belong in the time period she was born into also. When both of them find themselves in the 1890s, the golden age of Paris according to Adriana , she feels as if she cannot leave as the temptation to belong is too strong. One message that is left in the mind of the audience is that for every person there are different factors that lead us to feel belonging , different place , different time or people around you, all which are explored in midnight in Paris. The people he is around in his fiancé and parents do not satisfy his company , yet Paris gives him an overwhelming sense of belonging , especially when he is in the 1920’s around a group of artists who he feels at home with. 6. The visuals of spectacular Paris scenery add to the feeling of belonging to Paris for Gil, the beautiful architecture is something that he feels very comfortable with and the imagery of the rain symbolises the difference between Gil and his wife to be as she does not appreciate and he finds it to make Paris even more beautiful.
THE LAST OF HIS TRIBE by Henry Kendall
He crouches, and buries his face on his knees,
And hides in the dark of his hair;
For he cannot look up to the storm-smitten trees,
Or think of the loneliness there –
Of the loss and the loneliness there.
The wallaroos grope through the tufts of the grass,
And turn to their coverts for fear;
But he sits in the ashes and lets them pass
Where the boomerangs sleep with the spear –
With the nullah, the sling and the spear.
Uloola, behold him! The thunder that breaks
On the tops of the rocks with the...
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