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Personal sidebar: ‘Midnight in Paris’

Anyone who’s followed Woody Allen’s trajectory inevitably bemoans he don’t make ’em like he used to.  Perhaps so much the better!

His new film which makes allusions to both his earlier films (Marshall McLuhan in Annie Hall) and other contemporary ones (Inception), is a wonderful testament to both Paris and France, as well as the power and allure of history.  The ideas of being out of time, from a different one, and an expert (or not) are all batted around with comic tenderness.

While I wasn’t crazy about the ending, the film reminded me that repetition for its own sake isn’t a particularly creative endeavor.  But doing what one loves versus the “same-old-same old” is key, whether it’s in Malibu or Paris.

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