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Written and directed by Woody Allen

This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It’s about a young man’s great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better. It stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, and Carla Bruni among others.


Rachel as: Inez
Other cast: Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston, Michael Sheen
Alternative Title: WASP 10Woody Allen Summer Project 2010
Directed by: Woody Allen
Written by: Woody Allen
Production Status: Released on DVD/Blu-ray
World Premiere: May 11, 2011 in Cannes at the World premiere
Theatrical Release: May 20, 2011 (US) | October 7, 2011 (UK)
Genre: Comedy/Fantasy/Romance
Rated: Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and smoking.
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Run time: 100 min
Production budget: $17.000.000 (estimated)
Box office: $599,003 (#13 rank, 6 theaters, $99,834 average) during the limited opening weekend. $5,830,723 (#8 rank, 944 theaters, $6,177 average) during the wide opening weekend. The movie was #13 and #8 during the opening weekends but it broke various box office records. It’s #15 at the current best opening-weekend average of all time and it’s Woody Allen‘s Top grossing film of all time. Domestic Total Gross is $56,817,045 and the Foreign Totoal Gross $94,302,174.
Producers: Letty Aronson, Raphaël Benoliel, Javier Méndez, Helen Robin, Jack Rollins, Jaume Roures, Stephen Tenenbaum
Original Music by:
Cinematography by: Darius Khondji

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Production Notes

Even for people who have never been to Paris, the name of the city is more than a metaphor for magic—it’s almost a synonym. Certainly there’s no better place on earth that Woody Allen could have chosen for his new romantic comedy than Paris. It is a city with a unique mythology and heritage, celebrated for the extraordinary beauty of its streets, boulevards and gardens, as well as the splendor found inside so many of the greatest museums in the world. The resonance of its history, from major political and cultural events to the aura of its legendary restaurants and cafés, is felt everywhere. The past endures and shines brightly in Paris, which makes it well- suited for a story of a man reinvigorating his feelings and finding inspiration to reflect on his life.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is Woody Allen’s valentine to the City of Lights, which he considers equal to New York as the great city of the world. “Of course I’m partial to New York because I was born there and grew up there,” he says, “but if I didn’t live in New York, Paris is the place I would live.” The film is the second time Allen has filmed there, after a small bit of EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU. “I get great enjoyment out of presenting Paris to the cinema audience the way I see it,” he says. “Just as with New York, where I present it one way, and other directors present it other ways, somebody else could come and shoot Paris in a completely different way. I want to present it my way, projecting my own feelings about it.”

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Production Process

Rachel was seen august 2011 filming this project in Paris. Everything was shot in the city, except two days outside town. One day they filmed in Monet’s garden, which is about 100km from Paris. The production visited 40 locations in 34 days of Paris.

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Triva & Facts

• Rachel met with director and writer Woody Allen and he offered her a role in the production without an audition.
• The movie is selected as opening film for the Film Festival of Cannes 2011, it is the first time a movie with Rachel is selected for the Cannes Film Festival.
• One of the first plays Rachel did while she was doing theater when she was about 12 was Woody Allen’s Death.
• Only Owen Wilson and Rachel received and read the whole script before and while shooting the movie. The other actors only received pages of the script with their own scenes.
• Director Woody Allen wanted to work with Rachel every since he saw her in Wedding Crashers (co-starring Owen Wilson) and he wrote the role of Inez with her in his mind.
• Good friend Diane Keaton of director Woody Allen spoke “glowing” about Rachel and her acting ability and that’s another reason he wrote the part of Inez with Rachel in his mind.

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Quotes from Rachel

“Inez is used to having her way. She’s very sure of what she wants. She’s in love with Gil or she thinks she is and is maybe not too inquisitive about the state of their relationship or the health of their relationship. She thinks Gil’s a good guy, a good catch, and he’s stable provided that he keeps writing screenplays and they can have a comfortable life in the States. She’s supportive of his dabbling with a novel, provided that it’s a slight preoccupation, but I don’t think she’s encouraging it as a life-long dream, something he should spend too much of his time on.”
On her character Inez (MidnightinParisFilm.com)

“It was such a treat to spend time in these places which are usually swarming with tourists and be completely alone, with a really small camera crew, and a few actors wandering around as though it belonged to us. It was really magical.”
On filming in Paris (MidnightinParisFilm.com)

“It was very relaxed, and I love that he knows what he wants—that really gives me a sense of confidence and direction. And yet he’s so open and collaborative at the same time, which I think is the ideal combination for an actor.”
On working with director Woody Allen (MidnightinParisFilm.com)

“I was so excited to work with Owen again because we had so much fun when we worked together a few years ago.”
On working with Owen Wilson for the second time (MidnightinParisFilm.com)

Quotes from Cast & Crew

“I’d seen Rachel in a film with Owen years ago and I thought she was sensational. She was beautiful and sexy and funny and a wonderful actress, and I wanted to work with her. And the opportunity came up. I didn’t like the fact that they had worked together before. That was a negative to me. I figured people will think, ‘Oh, it’s Owen and Rachel again.’ But I felt there’s nothing I could do about it. They’re both great and I want them both. I wanted to get Rachel at any cost, and I was very lucky to get Owen.”
Woody Allen, director (MacLeans – Cannes Press Conference)

“I was certain I wanted Rachel McAdams. I knew that. She had always been what I conceived of for her part.”
Woody Allen, director (The Hollywood Reporter)

“I knew she was going to be good — I went out of my way to hire her — but I didn’t realize how good she’d be. God, she’s going to make a fortune in this business, because there aren’t a lot of girls out there with that much sex appeal and beauty who can also be comic.”
Woody Allen, director (New York Times)

“Rachel just gets it. She’s funny when she has to be funny; she’s serious when she has to be serious. She’s unfailingly real, she doesn’t do anything too big or too under-acted, and she’s totally alive on the screen.”
Woody Allen, director (MidnightinParisFilm.com)

“What I saw even more from Rachel’s performance was how Inez is kind of funny in the way she uses her sexuality to manipulate Gil. Rachel has a very good sense of humor and knew exactly how to play those scenes.”
Owen Wilson, co-star (MidnightinParisFilm.com)

“As this was a much more antagonistic relationship than the one we had in the other film, I was curious about how that would play out. So our characters aren’t getting along this time around—but we did again. I loved working with Rachel again. She came in during the second half of filming, and I think she brought this burst of energy and got everybody renewed, got us charged up for the final push.”
Owen Wilson, co-star (MidnightinParisFilm.com)

“Rachel sparkles, mentally and physically. The great pleasure in working with wonderful actors is that they make the scenes seem real. That’s what you need, for comedy or tragedy.”
Mimi Kennedy, co-star (A Distinctive Style)

“Rachel McAdams is one of my favorite actresses. And unfortunately we didn’t really work together because we are in the same movie but we don’t have any scenes together. I really hope I will have the opportunity and the great chance one day to work with her. I think she’s amazing.”
Marion Cotillard, co-star (CTV)

“All my scenes were with Rachel. Yeah, we had a great time in Paris. She’s a genuinely lovely lady as well as being stunningly beautiful and very talented so, you know, she’s got it all going on there.”
Michael Sheen, co-star (ET Canada)

“She’s smart, funny and sexy, like a cross between Brigitte Bardot and Jane Fonda.”
Michael Sheen, co-star (Instyle)

Critical Reception

“His [Woody Allen] new film is simple and fable-like, with a definite “when you wish upon a star” quality, but, bolstered by appealing performers like Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams, it is his warmest, mellowest and funniest venture in far too long. […] and McAdams, who deftly handles a part that is less amiable than usual for her.”
Kenneth Turan (LA Times)

“Rachel McAdams is equally impressive as Inez simply because she’s not so goddamn likable for a change. Adorability has long been the actress’s stock in trade (and it is admittedly irresistible), but here she gamely lets it go. McAdams might not be the obvious first choice for the bad guy, but she runs with it and it works. Stepping out of what might be her zone of comfort and trying something new, this is yet another facet to McAdams and it adds versatility to her already engaging screen presence.”
Craig Kennedy (Living in Cinema)

“The Sheen-McAdams-Wilson dynamic is fantastic. Sweet, sentimental, and vibrant, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris rightfully points out that yesterday’s frolicking bar might be today’s laundry mat … but we can always visit the good times in our memories.”
Laremy Legel (Film.com)

“The cast is a perfect match for the high-spirited film. While the leads are left to carry the story the supporting actors offer those little touches that give the film its character. A magical romantic comedy that brings Allen back to form.”
Brad Brevet (Rope Of Silicon)

“[…] while the ever-excellent Rachel McAdams (who starred alongside Wilson in The Wedding Crashers) gets some of the best lines and adds a contemporary sex-appeal.”
Mark Adams (Rope Of Silicon)

“McAdams, who has a habit of being consistently better than her material, shines in an unsympathetic role as his nagging fiancé.”
Brian D. Johnson (MacLeans)

“Gil’s aforementioned superficial, materialistic and easily-dazzled-by-the-wrong-thing fiancée and her uptight conservative parents, the actors in those roles — Rachel McAdams and Kurt Fuller and Mimi Kennedy, respectively — do their level best to imbue them with some genuine life, and they get there. ”
Glenn Kenny (MSN)

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Awards & Nominations

Nominated – Satellite Awards 2011 Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rachel McAdams)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen)
Nominated – PFCS Award 2011 Best Ensemble Acting (Rachel McAdams, Carla Bruni, Kurt Fuller, Mimi Kennedy, Marion Cotillard, Corey Stoll, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill, Nina Arianda, Yves Heck, Léa Seydoux, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, Sonia Rolland)
Won – Academy Awards 2012 Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Woody Allen)
Nominated – Academy Awards 2012 Best Achievement in Directing (Woody Allen)
Nominated – Academy Awards 2012 Best Art Direction (Anne Seibel, Hélène Dubreuil)
Nominated – Academy Awards 2012 Best Motion Picture of the Year (Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum)

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