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Happy 4th of July! Here’s something I’ve been saving for a day off to write and for you to read because, well, its ‘day off’ material.
I have never been a big fan of Woody Allen movies but I could never really figure out why. I’m not ‘into’ film as a hobby, I just watch movies for the entertainment value. However, I do love music and I often run across interesting tunes in movies.
This is the case for the movie Midnight In Paris. This is a Woody Allen film that, again, I just found to be OK. But, there was this really interesting little jazz tune in the opening of the movie that stuck in my head. Of course I used my phone to ID the song: Sidney Bechet - Si Tu Vois Ma Mere (If You See My Mother). I found the scene on YouTube (embedded below) with the song and ended up watching / listening to it a bunch of times. Eventually it sunk in what Woody was doing - he created a complete story in that opening scene with lots of little clues as to the time, what was happening, what was about to happen (yes, even foreshadowing), etc. This is how I now know that Woody Allen is a genius movie maker (yes I realize I’m late to the party).
Play the clip first, then note the following about what is going on and then watch it again:
The scene starts early in the morning, note the person closing the curtains in the second scene to get a little more sleep before starting the day
Woody now takes us on a virtual tour of what I imagine are some of his favorite places along with some famous places too (if you know Paris you will recognize a lot of them - Notre Dame, The Louvre, etc.)
The early scenes are quiet and not a lot of people are out and about yet, exactly what you would expect early in the day
The day gets busier and you notice that there a few more clouds as the day progresses
You can tell the day is progressing but you’re not quite sure what time it is until Woody shows you a clock in one scene and then you know
Around the mid-way mark (1:30 in) there is a still scene of nothing but roofs across Paris (here’s your foreshadowing) and then in the next scene it is raining
The late afternoon shower lasts long enough to stop in a cafe somewhere for a late afternoon espresso (the way I imagine it anyway), then the rain clears for a pleasant evening in the City of Light
The evening progresses into night and you close at the end of the song on, what else, the Eiffel Tower
This was so well done, but it took me a number of times watching it to actually catch these things. So, Woody Allen, I have a new respect for you and will go back now and watch some of your films to see how many layers I can spot. Well done!