'Midnight in Paris'

With its stuttering and oft-bewildered Woody-Allenesque lead, the film might initially call up 1978's "Annie Hall." Then again, "Midnight's" foreign adventures hew more closely to those of 1951's "An American in Paris." The city named in both titles is practically a character in each, providing a seductive setting for American men struggling with art and love (even though the earlier movie was mostly shot on Hollywood back lots). Add in the giddy fantasy sequences, the gorgeous French gamines and, voila! It can all be solved with a song. Or a Surrealist.

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With its stuttering and oft-bewildered Woody-Allenesque lead, the film might initially call up 1978's "Annie Hall." Then again, "Midnight's" foreign adventures hew more closely to those of 1951's "An American in Paris." The city named in both titles is practically a character in each, providing a seductive setting for American men struggling with art and love (even though the earlier movie was mostly shot on Hollywood back lots). Add in the giddy fantasy sequences, the gorgeous French gamines and, voila! It can all be solved with a song. Or a Surrealist.

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