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Midnight in Paris and The Great Gatsby

ENG4U Summative Presentation
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Jordan Nhan

on 24 July 2013

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Transcript of Midnight in Paris and The Great Gatsby

Method of Development: Quotation
There are many quotations which introduce, develop, and explain the thesis of the movie

As the movie progresses, Gil begins to understand the flaws of "golden age thinking"
Methods of Development: Comparison
Gil shares many similarities with the lead character of his novel

Lead character works in a nostalgia shop
Discussion
Do you agree with Paul's statement?
“Nostalgia is denial – denial of the painful present.”



Does a golden age exist?



What is the best time period?
The present?


Is moving forward always beneficial, or do you think at times we should move backwards?
Connection with
The Great Gatsby
Setting: 1920s
Connection with
The Great Gatsby
Theme: Living in the past
Contrast
Thesis
The belief that a golden age exists is false; it is a method of escaping your present problems

This false belief holds people back, and by accepting the present they can move forward
Method of Development
Tone of 2010:

Passive
Mise-en-scène
Costumes
Use of Colour

Dominant Tone:

Nostalgic
Quotation
Midnight in
P
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is

2010
1920
2000
1980
1960
1940
Comparison
Inez compares Gil with his novel's protagonist, stating that he lives in the past
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Tone
Furniture shopping
Art museum
Fine dining
Wine tasting
Parties
Dancing
Alcohol
Romance
Tone of 1920s:
Exciting
Old-fashioned look
Quaint
Pleasant
Works Cited
Fitzgerald, F. Scott . The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004. Print.

Midnight in Paris. Dir. Woody Allen. Perf. Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard. Sony Pictures Classics, 2011. Film.



"Nostalgia is denial – denial of the painful present… and the name for this fallacy is golden age thinking – the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one one’s living in – it’s a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.”
“If you stay here though, and this becomes your present, then pretty soon you’ll start imagining another time was really the golden time. That’s what the present is. It’s a little unsatisfying because life’s a little unsatisfying…"
"If I ever want to write something worthwhile I’ll have to get rid of my illusions and that I’d be happier in the past is one of them.”
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