Midnight in Paris (Movie Review)

“All men fear death. It’s a natural fear that consumes us all. We fear death because we feel that we haven’t loved well enough or loved at all, which ultimately are one and the same. However, when you make love with a truly great woman, one that deserves the utmost respect in this world and one that makes you feel truly powerful, that fear of death completely disappears. Because when you are sharing your body and heart with a great woman the world fades away. You two are the only ones in the entire universe. You conquer what most lesser men have never conquered before, you have conquered a great woman’s heart, the most vulnerable thing she can offer to another. Death no longer lingers in the mind. Fear no longer clouds your heart. Only passion for living, and for loving, become your sole reality. This is no easy task for it takes insurmountable courage. But remember this, for that moment when you are making love with a woman of true greatness you will feel immortal.”

~ Ernest Hemingway

Saya tidak bisa membayangkan betapa beruntungnya Gil (Owen Wilson) dalam film “Midnight in Paris” bisa bertemu langsung dengan pengarang Ernest Hemingway. Mendengar bagaimana gaya bicara Hemingway yang tidak jauh berbeda dengan gaya bahasa di novel-novelnya, bahkan disemangati untuk meneruskan novel yang sedang dikerjakan Gil, sungguh di luar imajinasi saya.

Banyak penulis atau artis (seperti saya) merindukan untuk perjalanan kembali dalam waktu untuk mendesis Paris dari tahun 1920-an, mencicipi kebersamaan dengan Hemingway di Les Deux Magots atau makan di Choucroute Garnie dengan Picasso di La Rotonde. Namun, hanya Woody Allen yang bisa mewujudkan imajinasi itu. Setidaknya melalui “Midnight in Paris”, Allen menunjukkan kepada kita bagaimana rasanya bertemu dengan seniman-seniman besar seperti Hemingway,  F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali, T.S. Eliot, Djuna Barnes, Josephine Baker, Man Ray, Henri Matisse, dan masih banyak lagi. Baca lebih lanjut

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