Movies by Woody Allen

Recently I saw a couple Woody Allen movies, To Rome with Love, and Midnight in Paris. I liked them both but found it interesting that David Denby in the New Yorker thought “To Rome with Love” was the far better movie whereas Roger Ebert thought “Midnight in Paris” was clearly the better.

After reading Ebert’s review of Midnight in Paris, I think I agree with him, although I didn’t like the beginning of the movie so much. That’s because I felt the leading character, Gil, was embarrassingly awkward in his attitude toward the “pseudo-intellectual”, Salvador. The fascinating part of the movie came later with Gil meeting the well-known literary people from the past.

To Rome with Love was pretty fascinating too with the fast paced action in Rome and that amazing bunch of characters. So, I’ll have to say I liked both movies about the same.

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  1. Kate’s avatar

    I want to see them both, anyway!

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Good, Kate. They’re both good.

  3. Mardé’s avatar

    Luis Bruñuel was one of the characters from the past who Gil meets in Midnight in Paris, and this inspired me to watch The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie again. I had watched it many years ago but had forgotten most of it. Fascinating dream sequences and surreal parody. Then I took out (from Netflix) That Obscure Object of Desire which was the last film Bruñuel directed and that was amazing too. The last one, so far, I’ve watched is the scandalous Viridiana in which there’s a Last Supper parody! Far out stuff indeed but what a creative film director! There’s a photo in the Bruñuel Wiki showing him between Salvador Dali and the great Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca. He has his arm around Lorca.

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