mercredi 15 janvier 2014

Paris seen by Hollywood 2 : Midnight in Paris

This is the 2nd post about Paris seen by American movies!
If you love Paris and specially Paris during the Roaring Twenties and the Belle Epoque. You definitively want to see this one !

I do not want to give you too many informations about the movie, because it might spoil you the surprise. But I still want to introduce you some of the characters. (If you don't want to know, do not read! ;) )

In this movie you'll meet several American writers and artists from the 20s, living in Paris at that time:

Zelda and F.Scott Fitzgerald (by Alison Pill and Tom Hiddleston). F.Scott is an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. (by the way, he's the one who wrote "The Great Gatsby"!)

Ernest Hemingway (by Corey Stoll) was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. His most famous work is "The Old Man and the Sea".
In 1921 he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives. The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent, and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s "Lost Generation" expatriate community.

Pablo Picasso (by Marcial dy Fonzo Bo) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and
stage designer who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

Salvador Dalí (by Adrien Brody) (his real name is Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (!)). He was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, in the Catalonia region of Spain. Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (by Vincent Menjou Cortes) and Edgar Degas (by François Rostain).
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and illustrator, whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 1800s yielded a collection of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times. Toulouse-Lautrec is known along with Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin as one of the greatest painters of the Post-Impressionist period. 
Edgar Degas, born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas; 19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917) was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist.

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