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A Midnight in Paris New This Week at JBFC

The Jacob Burns Film Center is currently showing, "A Midnight in Paris," the latest film from Woody Allen which opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France.

"A Midnight in Paris "retells the midnight adventures of Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) and his love affair with the Golden Age of the 1920s. Pender, a film writer and struggling novelist, comes to Paris with his fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams) to see the City of Light yet he ends up finding an adventure of his own.

After an evening wine tasting, Inez decides to dance with her friends Paul and Wendy. Gil declines, deciding to walk the streets of Paris. He stops to rest on a set of steps when the clock strikes midnight and a 1920s car pulls up and a group of partygoers plead for him to join.

Pender ends up at a cocktail party with Cole Porter on the piano and bumps into F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.  Pender, stunned, spends the night with the Fitzgeralds. Late in the evening, Fitzgerald introduces Pender to Ernest Hemingway whom he asks for advice. Hemingway refuses but tells Pender to give his copy to his most trusted reader, Gertrude Stein.

The next evening once again the clock strikes midnight, an elegant 20's automobile arrives and he is onto his next adventure. This evening he brings his book to Stein where he meets Adrianna, the mistress of Pablo Picasso. Pender easily falls in love with her darling charm.

Pender and Adrianna’s romance overcomes Gil, parting ways with Inez after finding she had an affair with Paul. Pender and Adrianna don’t fall into place either. Adrianna decides to stay in the 1890s. Pender finds his match at a Parisian market which sells antique records from the 1920s. The vendor, Gabrielle, and Pender have an instant connect in their love of 1920s Paris and finish the film walking in the Parisian rain.

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