Saturday, 28 January 2017

Palace of Versailles, France




 
In MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, the forty-sixth film by Woody Allen, American screenplay writer Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) discovers during a vacation in Paris that at 12 o’clock at midnight it is possible to travel back in time to the twenties of the last century.
 
"La Seine", Palace of Versailles, 6 August 2016
The movie was completely shot on location in and around the French capitol in July and August of 2010. Inez (Rachel McAdams), Gil’s girlfriend, by coincidence meets an old friend, the know-it-all professor Paul Bates (Michael Sheen) and his wife Carol (Nina Arianda). After a visit to the Rodin Museum, the two couples go to the Palace of Versailles. Only one scene was filmed here. It was done in one take of two and a half minutes while the camera, positioned on Le Parterre d’Eau (The Water Parterres), makes a turn of 180 degrees.
 
Gil, Inez, Paul and Carol pass one of the large vases and the Latona fountain. They are busy talking and hardly seem to notice the palace and the ponds.

Midnight in Paris, 0:08:39
Gardens of the Palace of Versailles, 5 August 2016
Midnight in Paris, 0:08:53
Latona fountain, 5 August 2016
Midnight in Paris, 0:09:47
Gardens of the Palace of Versailles, 5 August 2016
Midnight in Paris, 0:10:17
Palace of Versailles, 5 August 2016

When they continue their walk, they pass the statue “La Marne” from 1689, an allegory of the river east of Paris. The statue was designed by √Čtienne le Hongre and cast in bronze by Balthasar Keller.

Midnight in Paris, 0:11:00
"La Marne", Palace of Versailles, 5 August 2016


Palace of Versailles, 5 August 2016

Screenshots © Pontchartrain Productions

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