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      Moral-Ethical Emphasis
            (Character Counts)

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4.  William Faulkner said, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." In what sense is this statement true and in what sense is it not true? Explain your reasoning. Suggested Response: This is no one correct response. A good response would point out that it is true because what has happened in the past does affect the present and the future. It's true because many people live as if it were the past, fewer today than in prior times, but that still occurs. It is true because those who do not know the history of the past are condemned to repeat it. It is not true in the sense that the past is completed, can never be changed, nor can it return. It only influences the present or the future in ways that we permit that to occur.

5.  What factors in Gil's present life make him feel dissatisfied and drawn to the Paris of the 1920s? Suggested Response: There is no one correct response because there is a lot about the present that Gil finds dissatifying. Gil is engaged to a superficial young woman whose parents are materialistic and who oppose his political viewpoint; his associates are pedantic and boring; he is a rich man who has earned his wealth by selling out his craft and writing for money rather than for art; he is having difficulty writing a novel and had failed in an earlier attempt.

6.  What seems to be so attractive about the life Gil sees in Paris when he travels backwards in time? Suggested Response: Gil sees action, passion and a total devotion to art. He sees a period of time when creating was more important than selling. Students may note specific inspirational characters that he meets in these moments of magical realism.

7.  Why does Adriana, with Gil in tow, arrive in La Belle Epoque of the 1890s when she travels back in time? It's the same reason that the detective found himself in the 18th century. Suggested Response: Those are the years that they think are France's golden age.

8.   Adriana asks Gil: "Surely you don't think the 20s are a golden age?" Gil responds, "To me they are." What does this tell you? Suggested Response: That nostalgia is subjective and the perfect age of the past will be different for different people.

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Social-Emotional Learning Discussion Questions


1.  What factors lead Gil to break off the wedding plans and move to Paris? Suggested Response: Gil and Inez are ill suited for one another. She is superficial and has no real passion; Gil on the other hand has a passion for his writing and his love for the great writers who lived in Paris in the 1920s.

1.  What were some of the factors that let Gil get into the position that he was in at the beginning of the movie, that is, persuing a profression he found to be dissatisfying and about to marry a woman with whom he had little in common? Suggested Response: There are a number of possibilities. A few of them are: low self-esteem; past failures; being blinded by Inez' beauty and attractiveness; being entranced with the glitz of Hollywood..

Moral-Ethical Emphasis Discussion Questions (Character Counts)

Discussion Questions Relating to Ethical Issues will facilitate the use of this film to teach ethical principles and critical viewing. Additional questions are set out below.


(Be kind; Be compassionate and show you care; Express gratitude; Forgive others; Help people in need)

    See question under Romantic Relationships.

Additional Assignments

4. Gather snippets from YouTube and various readily available sources on the Internet and compile a brief look at Woody Allen as seen in some of his films and interviews. Present your project, along with a brief biography, to the class for comparison to the characterization of Allen as seen in the acting of Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris. Lead a class discussion on the topic.

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Selected Awards, Cast and Director

Selected Awards: 2012 Academy Awards: Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay; 2012 Golden Globe Awards: Best Screenplay; 2012 Academy Awards Nominations: Best Picture, Best Direction, and Best Art Direction; 2012 Golden Globe Awards Nominations: Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, Best Director - Motion Picture (Woody Allen), Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (Owen Wilson).

Featured Actors: Owen Wilson as Gil, Rachel McAdams as Inez, Kurt Fuller as John, Mimi Kennedy as Helen, Michael Sheen as Paul, Marion Cotillard as Adriana, and Nina Arianda as Carol.

Director: Woody Allen.


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