'Midnight in Paris': Stills, Interviews, Reviews
After a few French interviews, here’s an article in English about actresses in Hollywood who don’t have English as their first language. Marion Cotillard is mentioned throughout and there seem to be a few new quotes:
• One foot’s in Hollywood, the other’s in Europe, Los Angeles Times, May 11
Thanks to Oliver.G.Byrne I added English translations of two of Marion’s recent in-depth French interviews. Many thanks for your hard work!
• I would have loved to walk the stairs of the festival with Woody Allen, L’Express Styles
• I would love to live a double life, Madame Figaro
Then, the official ‘Midnight in Paris’ website has gone live with a ton of content. Be sure to check it out. Here’s the Spanish Website, the movie opens in Spain on Friday. One of the interesting contents are the production notes:
• Midnight in Paris: About the Production
The production notes reveal quite a large part of the plot so procede with caution if you want to remain spoiler-free. Here some Marion-relevant bits:
About Adriana: “Adriana doesn’t know where she belongs, she is searching for her place. She admires artists because their world is wide and their imagination takes them to some marvelous places. She needs to dream. She has always felt she didn’t belong to the era she lives in and she feels Gil is the same kind of person. She recognizes herself in him.”
Woody Allen about Marion Cotillard: “Marion has got a built-in charism. She makes the most ordinary kind of moments and dialogue sound interesting because she herself is such an interesting movie actress. And she’s got a very lovely and interesting face to look at; I never get tired of looking at it. I also noticed that she’s able to call up any kind of emotion she wants quickly and easily.”
Marion Cotillard about Woody Allen: “Woody Allen is a brilliant man in the way he observes life, people, things,” she says. “You feel a lot of wit, tenderness, and humor.”
And here are some gorgeous new stills of Marion Cotillard as Adriana:
The actual movie was screened this afternoon to the press and later opened the Cannes International Film Festival. As previously posted, Marion Cotillard did not attend the ceremony but Woody Allen had Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Michael Sheen, Lea Seydoux and Adrien Brody at his side. Of course, this means that the reviews started coming in. They generally like the movie for it’s light & fresh feeling, great acting and comic timing as well as beautiful cinematography. However, there are those who think it too light and too much of a tourist ad for Paris. But so far they generally agree on Marion’s contribution in the supporting role of Adriana:
As Adriana, Cotillard again brings a performance you can’t help but be entranced by.
• Rope of Silicon
Beautiful Marion Cotillard has a difficult part to play as Gil’s perfect woman Adriana. She risks being little more than a fetish object – and she’d be a dark, exotic and sexy one – but Cotillard brings a note of dreamy melancholy to her; the soft, unspoken sadness of a woman born out of her time. Though she appears to be living the high life amongst the literati, there’s something missing for Adriana and it gives her an air of mystery. Part personified temptation and part individual with needs of her own, Cotillard is just right.
• Living in Cinema
Cannes opens with a Woody Allen love letter to the French capital, a shallow examination of nostalgia with endearing performances from Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard. … Gil’s ingenuous enthusiasm entrances Picasso’s beautiful mistress Adriana, played with conviction and finesse by Marion Cotillard: they fall in love, but it appears that Adriana is just as discontented with her time period as Gil is with his.
Cotillard is the perfect object of Gil’s romantic and creative dreams
• Hollywood Reporter
But most entrancing of all is the mysterious muse played by Marion Cotillard, who has recently posed for her Spanish painter-beau.
While Inez ignores him, a fetching French dame (Marion Cotillard, once again capitalizing on her classic good looks) worships Gil immediately, recognizing his genius from the first line of his manuscript.
He also falls in love with a an artist groupie, played with an alluring blend of charm and sadness by Marion Cotillard. … Certain moments are breathtakingly lovely: a close-up on Wilson and Cotillard as they dance – literally, a man in love with his fantasy – is one of the most purely romantic images Allen has concocted in years.
Marion Cotillard is luminous as Wilson’s fantasy lover.
Marion Cotillard looks terrific in her 1920s dresses, though is actually given little to do apart from act the romantic muse to the mildly neurotic Gil.
Gil is compelled to return to his nightly, supernaturally swirly walks around the city and falls in love with a mysterious stranger named Adriana (a smoky Marion Cotillard).
• The Playlist
As muse to artists, Marion Cotillard is prickly, playful, and finds even here one of her best roles.
• Le JDD
Marion Cotillard illuminates the movie with her charm.