Sometimes, we just seem to fall in love with certain writers. We tend to read all about them, read all their books and worship them. And in-case, your favourite author is from another century or time, we simply tend to mourn, recalling the prospect of never being able to meet them. However, have you ever wondered, though, how you would feel, if you could go back in time and meet some of these finest writers? Even the thought seems unreal!
A similar concept was beautifully portrayed in a 2011 Woody Allen film, “Midnight in Paris”, where prolific artists like Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí were brought to life. This movie was a tribute and a much needed step, to rejuvenate the love for these artists in the hearts of people. It also served as a reminder, of the amazing works produced by them, which have enriched our society.
Midnight in Paris revolves around the life of Gil Pender. Pasadena based Gil Pender would rather be a novelist than the hack albeit successful screenwriter that he is. A romantic at heart, Gil has little in common with his fiancée Inez or her wealthy conservative parents – Inez who is much like them – who Gil and Inez are with in Paris accompanying them on her father’s extended business trip. One evening while Inez ditches Gil for an evening out with Paul, Gil gets picked up by a group of party-goers in a 1920’s vintage vehicle, they who invite him along to their party. At the party, Gil meets a couple named Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, their names which he initially believes is coincidence. He quickly comes to the realization that he has been transported back to 1920’s Paris and the two are indeed the couple famed in literature. On subsequent evenings, Gil comes to the realization that he cantravel back to this, his dream setting, at midnight every night at that exact location transported by that 1920’s vehicle. Subsequently, he meets and befriends the elite of Paris arts and culture of the time, including Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Gil eventually learns what he truly is striving for in his present twenty-first century life.
Another attempt to revive these famous writers was through the play, “The Importance of Being Earnest Hemingway” created by Elliot B. Quick and James Rutherford. The play, as the title suggests, is a mashup of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and the works of Earnest Hemingway. The play is a fun and interesting watch, but to get most enjoyment out of it, one must have a fairly deep understanding of Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde.
Do attempt watching these masterpieces, based on masterpieces! You never know, you might be transported back in time!