|Marion Cotillard and Owen Wilson star in Midnight in Paris|
I’ve always loved Woody Allen’s work, especially the films in which he takes us to a magical place. A New York City captured in stunning black and white in Manhattan. A trip down memory lane to a bygone era in Radio Days. My senior thesis in college was a paper comparing the fantasy worlds of Annie Hall and The Purple Rose of Cairo (both great rentals for Allen fans). In Annie Hall, Allen constantly breaks the fourth wall, addressing the viewer, and even traveling through time as he recounts his adventures loving and losing Annie (Diane Keaton). In The Purple Rose of Cairo, Allen breaks the fourth wall again, this time within the film, when Cecilia (Mia Farrow), who escapes the drudgery of her life by going to the movies, experiences true love for the first time when the film’s hero (Jeff Daniels) walks off the screen and into her life.