The French capital is nostalgically evoked in a classic Woody Allen movie that allows its spectacular settings – among them Le Bristol Paris – to assume their rightful place in the spotlight.
Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson in the Panoramic Suite at Le Bristol Paris
Woody Allen’s fantasy comedy Midnight in Paris (2011) captured on celluloid some of the city’s most iconic locations, from the banks of the Seine to the Rodin Museum and Le Bristol Paris. Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson play the romantic Gil, a successful but frustrated Hollywood screenwriter, and his fiancée, the more down-to-earth Inez. On a trip to Paris, Gil wanders the streets at night, drawn back to the world of 1920s bohemia, when Paris played host to Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, Picasso et al. Le Bristol takes centre stage, with many of the couple’s trademark Allen-esque romantic wranglings taking place in the Panoramic Suite. Its flower-filled terrace looks out over Montmartre and the Sacré-Cœur, and it’s hard to think of a more fitting backdrop for a film paying homage to the city’s charms.