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Midnight in Paris and The Great Gatsby
Transcript of Midnight in Paris and The Great Gatsby
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
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?
Is moving forward always beneficial, or do you think at times we should move backwards?
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
Theme: Living in the past
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:
Use of Colour
Inez compares Gil with his novel's protagonist, stating that he lives in the past
Tone of 1920s:
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.”