“Woody Wednesday” ECCLESIASTES AND WOODY ALLEN’S FILMS: SOLOMON “WOULD GOT ALONG WELL WITH WOODY!” (Part 4 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS Part C, IS THE ANSWER TO FINDING SATISFACTION FOUND IN WINE, WOMEN AND SONG?)

Ernest Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald left the prohibitionist America for wet Paris in the 1920’s and they both drank a lot. WINE, WOMEN AND SONG  was their motto and I am afraid ultimately wine got the best of Fitzgerald and shortened his career. Woody Allen pictures this culture in the first few clips in the movie MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. Solomon also tried  this solution of WINE, WOMEN AND SONG in his life. In his talk on ECCLESIASTES Francis Schaeffer commented:

PAPA HEMINGWAY CAN FIND THE CHAMPAGNE OF PARIS SUFFICIENT FOR A TIME, BUT ONCE HE LEFT HIS YOUTH HE NEVER FOUND IT SUFFICIENT AGAIN. HE HAD A LIFETIME SPENT LOOKING BACK TO PARIS AND THAT CHAMPAGNE AND NEVER FINDING IT ENOUGH.

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In MIDNIGHT IN PARIS Gil becomes good friends with a few of these people, including Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll), an interesting representation of the man pictured below.

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Midnight in Paris clip

Let’s go in. Paris, the city of lights.- Relax! Have some champagne. I do like champagne, yeah.Cheers! Cheers!  The night is young. Drink up!- I’m drinking!- Have a drink!Yeah, drink up! (Cole Porter sings “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fallin Love”) Let’s fall in love… In Spain, the best upper-sets do it… Lithuanians and Lets do it. Let’s do it. Let’s fall in love. The Dutch in old Amsterdam do it.  Not to mention the Finns Folks in Siam do it- think of Siamese twins..Some Argentines without means do it. People say in Boston even beans do it  Let’s do it- Let’s fall in love..Romantic sponges, they say do it… Oysters down in Oyster Bay do it.. Let’s do it- Let’s fall in love…

midnight in paris – Fitzgeralds and Hemingway

ZELDA FITZGERALD: You look lost!-

GIL PENDER: Oh, yeah!-You’re an American?-

ZELDA FITZGERALD:If you count Alabama as America, which I do.I miss the bathtub gin. What do you do?-

GIL PENDER: Me? I’m a writer.-

ZELDA FITZGERALD:Who do you write?-

GIL PENDER: Oh, right now I’m working on a novel.

ZELDA FITZGERALD:- Oh, yes?I’m Zelda, by the way. Oh, Scott! Scott!-

SCOTT FITZGERALD:Yes, what it is, sweetheart?-

ZELDA FITZGERALD:Here’s a writer, from, um… where?- California.

SCOTT FITZGERALD:Scott Fitzgerald, and who are you, old sport?

GIL PENDER: Gil…the… You havethe same names as…

SCOTT FITZGERALD:As what?Scott Fitzgerald and…

GIL PENDER: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

SCOTT FITZGERALD:TheFitzgeralds. Isn’t she beautiful?

GIL PENDER: Yes. Yes! Yeah, that’s… that’sa coincidence…like….uh…

ZELDA FITZGERALD:You have a glazed look in your eye. Stunned.Stupefied. Anesthetized. Lobotomized.

GIL PENDER: .I...I…keep looking at the man playing piano, and Ibelieve it or not, recognize hisface from some old sheet music.

ZELDA FITZGERALD:I know I can be one of the great writers of musical lyrics- not that I can write melodies, and I try,and then I hear the songs he writes, and then I realize: I’ll never write a great lyric,- and my talent really lies in drinking.-

SCOTT FITZGERALD: Sure does.

GIL PENDER: Yeah, but, he didn’twrite the music, did he?That’s not possible…

SCOTT FITZGERALD:So…um…- What kind of books do you write?-

GIL PENDER: I…I…I’m working on a…um…Where am I?

SCOTT FITZGERALD:Oh, I’m sorry. Don’t you know the host?Some friends have gotten togethera little party for Jean Cocteau.

GIL PENDER: Hey, lady. What… Are you kiddding me?

ZELDA FITZGERALD:I know what you’re thinking.This is boring. I agree!I’m ready to move on.Let’s do Bricktop’s!- Bricktop’s?- I’m bored! He’s bored! We’re all bored.

SCOTT FITZGERALD:We. Are. All. Bored. Let’s do Bricktop’s.Why don’t you tell Cole and Linda to come with, and…um…uh…Gil? You coming?

[Cole Porter’s”You’ve Got That Thing”] You got that thing- You got that thing  The thing that makes birds forget to sing Yes, you’ve got that thing, that certain thing You’ve got that charm,that subtle charm  that makes young farmers desert the farm [Joséphine Baker’s “LaConga Blicoti”]

 

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SCOTT FITZGERALD:This is one of the finest establishments in Paris. They do a diamond whiskey sour.Bon soir, tous le monde!(Good evening, everyone!)Un peu tir de bourbon, s’il vous plaît.(A small shot of bourbon, please.)Greetings and salutations.You’ll forgive me. I’ve been mixing grain and grape.Now, this a writer. uh…Gil. Yes?- Gil…

GIL PENDER: Gil Pender.- Gil Pender.

Hemingway & Fitzgerald Clip – Midnight in Paris

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: Hemingway.

GIL PENDER: Hemingway?

ERNEST HEMINGWAY:You liked my book?

GIL PENDER: Liked? I loved! All your work.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY:Yes, it was a good book,because it was an honest book,and that’s what war does to men.And there’s nothing fine and noble about dying in the mud,unless you die gracefully,and then it’s not only noble, but brave.

ZELDA FITZGERALD:Did you read my story? What’d you think?

ERNEST HEMINGWAY:There was some fine writing in it, but it was unfulfilled.-

ZELDA FITZGERALD: I might’ve known you’d hate it.-

SCOTT FITZGERALD:But darling, you’re too sensitive.

ZELDA FITZGERALD:You liked my story, but he hates me!

SCOTT FITZGERALD:Please, old sport, you makematters extremely difficult.

ZELDA FITZGERALD:I’m jumpy. Suddenly I don’tlike the atmosphere here any more. Ah! Where’re you going?

BULL FIGHTER: Para reunirse con mis amigos en Saint-Germain.(To meet some friends on Saint-Germain.)-

ZELDA FITZGERALD:He’s going to Saint-Germain. I’mgoing with him. –

SCOTT FITZGERALD:Zelda, sweetheart…

ZELDA FITZGERALD:If you’re going to stay here and drink with him, I’m going with the toreador.

SCOTT FITZGERALD:Would you bring her back at a reasonable time?-

ERNEST HEMINGWAY:She’ll drive you crazy, this woman.-

SCOTT FITZGERALD:She’s exciting,and she has talent.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY:This month it’s writing. Lastmonth it was something else.You’re a writer. You need time to write.Not all this fooling around.She’s wasting you because she’sreally a competitor.

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Touring Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Ernst Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, TS Eliot, Djuna Barnes, Josephine Baker, Man Ray and Luis Buñuel – the latter gets a tip for the argument of The Exterminating Angel a brilliant scene

 

Woody Allen made it known that his pessimistic view on life started at a young age when he learned about man’s mortality. But in the Bible Solomon’s first book was the SONG OF SOLOMON which was written in his early 20’s and is very upbeat. The Book of PROVERBS was written probably when he was in the middle of his life. Finally,  the Book of ECCLESIASTES was written at the end of his life and is extremely pessimistic!!

Today we look at Solomon’s views on  wine, women and song as presented in the Book of ECCLESIASTES.  Solomon knew these very well. He filled his home with the best wine (Eccl 2:3), and like Hugh Hefner he slept with over 1000 women ( Eccl 2:8, I Kings 11:3), and he filled his palace with song (Eccl 2:8).

I will parallel Solomon’s views to those of Woody Allen and some of the characters in the movie MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. The first post  I did in this series dealt with MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, but the second post   and third post  moved on to the movie MIDNIGHT IN PARIS as does the fourth post today.

(In the movie MIDNIGHT IN PARIS you have the may character Gil Pender very interested in Picasso’s mistress Adriana,  played by Marion Cotillard. PICTURED ABOVE.)

Francis Schaeffer pictured below:

Concerning the Book of Ecclesiastes Francis Schaeffer noted: 

Solomon was searching for a meaning in the midst of the details of life. His struggle was to find the meaning of life. Not just plans in life. Anybody can find plans in life. A child can fill up his time with plans of building tomorrow’s sand castle when today’s has been washed away. There is  a difference between finding plans in life and purpose in life. Humanism since the Renaissance and onward has never found it and it has never found it. Modern man has not found it and it has always got worse and darker in a very real way.

Ecclesiastes is the only pessimistic book in the Bible and that is because of the place where Solomon limits himself. He limits himself to the question of human life, life under the sun between birth and death and the answers this would give.

In Ecclesiastes 1:8 he drives this home when he states, “All things are wearisome; Man is not able to tell it. THE EYE IS NOT SATISFIED WITH SEEING. NOR IS THE EAR FILLED WITH HEARING.”  Solomon is stating here the fact that there is no final satisfaction because you don’t get to the end of the thing.

What do you do and the answer is to get drunk and this was not thought of in the RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KAHAYYAM:

Ecclesiastes 2:1-3

I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself.” And behold, it too was futility. I said of laughter, “It is madness,” and of pleasure, “What does it accomplish?” I explored with my mind how to stimulate my body with wine while my mind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of folly, until I could see what good there is for the sons of men to do under heaven the few years of their lives.

The Daughter of the Vine:

You know, my Friends, with what a brave Carouse
I made a Second Marriage in my house;
Divorced old barren Reason from my Bed,
And took the Daughter of the Vine to Spouse.

from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Translation by Edward Fitzgerald)

A perfectly good philosophy coming out of Islam, but Solomon is not the first man that thought of it nor the last. In light of what has been presented by Solomon is the solution just to get intoxicated and black the think out? So many people have taken to alcohol and the dope which so often follows in our day. This approach is incomplete, temporary and immature. PAPA HEMINGWAY CAN FIND THE CHAMPAGNE OF PARIS SUFFICIENT FOR A TIME, BUT ONCE HE LEFT HIS YOUTH HE NEVER FOUND IT SUFFICIENT AGAIN. HE HAD A LIFETIME SPENT LOOKING BACK TO PARIS AND THAT CHAMPAGNE AND NEVER FINDING IT ENOUGH.  It is no solution and Solomon says so too.

Ecclesiastes 2:4-11

I enlarged my works: I built houses for myself, I planted vineyards for myself; I made gardens and parks for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees; I made ponds of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees. I bought male and female slaves and I had homeborn slaves. Also I possessed flocks and herds larger than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. Also, I collected for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I provided for myself MALE AND  FEMALE SINGERS AND THE PLEASURES OF MEN–MANY CONCUBINES.

Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me. 10 All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure…

If one would flee to alcohol, then surely one may choose sexual pursuits to flee to. Solomon looks in this area too.

Ecclesiastes 7:25-28

25 I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness. 26 And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.

27 “Behold, I have discovered this,” says the Preacher, “adding one thing to another to find an explanation, 28 I have looked for other answers but have found none. I found one man in a thousand that I could respect, but not one woman. (Good News Translation on verse 28)

One can understand both Solomon’s expertness in this field and his bitterness.

I Kings 11:1-3 (New American Standard Bible) 

11 Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the sons of Israel, “You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods.” Solomon held fast to these in love. He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away.

An expert but also the reason for his bitterness. Certainly there have been many men over the centuries who have daydreamed of Solomon’s wealth in this area [of women], but at the end it was sorry, not only sorry but nothing and less than nothing. The simple fact is that one can not know woman in the real sense by pursuing 1000 women. It is not possible. Woman is not found this way. All that is left in this setting if one were to pursue the meaning of life in this direction is this most bitter word found in Ecclesiastes 7:28, “I have looked for other answers but have found none. I found one man in a thousand that I could respect, but not one woman.” (Good News Translation on verse 28) He was searching in the wrong way. He was searching for the answer to life in the limited circle of that which is beautiful in itself but not an answer finally in sexual life. More than that he finally tried to find it in variety and he didn’t even touch one woman at the end.

(Francis Schaeffer on right and his wife Edith pictured below on left)

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25

24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, 25 for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?

The best translation is “should eat and drink and delight his senses.” Also with the phrase “from the hand of God” Solomon doesn’t really mean this is from God but this is just an expression. This is statement of desperation when he says that one “should eat and drink and delight his senses.”

But interestingly enough the story of Ecclesiastes does not end its message here because in two places in the New Testament it is picked up and carried along and put in its proper perspective.

Luke 12:16-21

16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax,eat, drink, be merry.”’ [ALMOST EVERYONE WHO HAS PROCEEDED HERE HAS FELT CERTAINLY THAT JESUS IS DELIBERATELY REFERRING TO SOLOMON’S SOLUTION.]20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

Christ here points out the reason for the failure of the logic that is involved. He points out why it fails in logic and then why it fails in reality. This view of Solomon must end in failure philosophically and also in emotional desperation.

We are not made to live in the shortened environment of UNDER THE SUN in this life only!!! Neither are we made to live only in the environment of a bare concept of afterlife [ignoring trying to make this life better]. We are made to live in the environment of a God who exists and who is the judge. This is the difference and that is what Jesus is setting forth here.

I Corinthians 15:32

32 What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.

There is no doubt here he is reaching back to Solomon again and he is just saying if there isn’t a resurrection of the dead then let’s just follow Solomon and let’s just eat and drink for tomorrow we die!!!! If there isn’t this full structure [including the resurrection of the dead] then just have the courage to follow Solomon and we can eat and drink because tomorrow we die and that is all we have. If the full structure isn’t there then pick up the cup and drink it dry! You can say it a different way in the 20th century: If the full structure is not there then go ahead and be an EXISTENTIALIST, but don’t cheat. Drink the cup to the end. Drink it dry! That is what Paul says. Paul  the educated man. Paul the man who knew his Greek philosophy. Paul the man who understood Solomon and the dilemma. Paul said it one way or the other. There is no room for a middle ground. IF CHRISTIANS AREN’T RAISED FROM THE DEAD THEN SOLOMON IS RIGHT IN ECCLESIASTES, BUT ONLY THEN. But if he is right then you should accept all of Solomon’s despair and his conclusions.

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Brandon Barnard, teaching pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas in his July 5, 2015 message noted:

Why does the resurrection matter? Let’s dive into the scriptures and see what Paul has to say about it in I Corinthians 15:12-22:

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope[b] in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

Paul lays it out. If Christ was not raised from the dead then my preaching is in vain and your faith is useless and you have been wasting your days. If Christ is not raised from the dead then people should pity you. However, Paul steps in here and says Christ has been raised from the dead. There is proof and evidence. And because Jesus has been raised from the dead no one should pity us!!!

The Bible and Archaeology – Is the Bible from God? (Kyle Butt 42 min)

You want some evidence that indicates that the Bible is true? Here is a good place to start and that is taking a closer look at the archaeology of the Old Testament times. Is the Bible historically accurate? Here are some of the posts I have done in the past on the subject: 1. The Babylonian Chronicleof Nebuchadnezzars Siege of Jerusalem2. Hezekiah’s Siloam Tunnel Inscription. 3. Taylor Prism (Sennacherib Hexagonal Prism)4. Biblical Cities Attested Archaeologically. 5. The Discovery of the Hittites6.Shishak Smiting His Captives7. Moabite Stone8Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III9A Verification of places in Gospel of John and Book of Acts., 9B Discovery of Ebla Tablets10. Cyrus Cylinder11. Puru “The lot of Yahali” 9th Century B.C.E.12. The Uzziah Tablet Inscription13. The Pilate Inscription14. Caiaphas Ossuary14 B Pontius Pilate Part 214c. Three greatest American Archaeologists moved to accept Bible’s accuracy through archaeology.

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The movie MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is filled with music.     It seems Woody Allen has had a lifetime long love for music and in the

article, HEAR 2.5 HOURS OF GREAT JAZZ SONGS FEATURED IN WOODY ALLEN FILMS posted on the blog  Film, Music on  November 16th, 2015, you can hear a lot of those songs.

 

Woody Allen – Songs from Woody Allen’s Films

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Woody Allen – Songs from Woody Allen’s Films
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From “Blue Jasmine” to “Stardust Memories”, from “Midnight in Paris” to “Hannah and her sisters”, from “Radio Days” to “Mighty Aphrodite”, from “Annie Hall” to “Bullets over Broadway”, Woody Allen has always used jazz in his films. The music underlines the storyline and merges beautifully with each scene. Some of the greatest names in jazz and many of the greatest big bands have featured in his creations: Tommy Dorsey, Billie Holiday, Harry James, Django Reinhardt, Glenn Miller, Bix Beiderbecke, Ben Webster, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Chick Webb, Lester Young, Erroll Garner, Artie Shaw, King Oliver, Red Garland, Jelly Roll Morton, and many more …

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1 – Sidney Bechet “Si tu vois ma mère” (from Midnight in Paris)
2 – Josephine Baker “La Conga Blicoti” (from Midnight in Paris)
3 – Lizzie Miles “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” (from Blue Jasmine)
4 – King Oliver “West End Blues” (from Blue Jasmine)
5 – Louis Armstrong “Back O’ Town Blues (from Blue Jasmine)
6 – The Ink Spots “If I Didn’t Care (from Radio Days) 7 – The Mairy Macs “Mairzy Doats” (from Radio Days)
8 – Tommy Dorsey “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” (from Radio Days)
9 – Glenn Miller “In the Mood” (from Radio Days)
10- Red Garland “Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year” (from Whatever Works)
11 – Chick Webb “If Dreams Come True” (from Stardust Memories)
12 – Louis Armstrong “Stardust” (from Stardust Memories)
13 – Harry James & Helen Forrest “I’ve Heard That Song Before” (from Hannah & Her Sisters)
14 – Harry James “You Made Me Love You” (from Hannah & Her Sisters)
15 – Artie Shaw “Moonglow” (from Annie Hall)
16 – Fred Astaire “Cheek to Cheek” (from The Purple Rose of Cairo)
17 – Tommy Dorsey “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now” (from Interiors)
18 – Jelly Roll Morton “Wolverine Blues” (from Interiors)
19 – Benny Goodman “Whispering” (from Mighty Aphrodite)
20 – Erroll Garner “Penthouse Serenade” (from Mighty Aphrodite)
21 – Dooley Wilson “As Time Goes By” (from Play It Again Sam)
22 – Lester Young “I Can’t Get Started” (from Anything Else)
23 – Billie Holiday “Easy to Love” (from Anything Else)
24 – Django Reinhardt “Nagasaki” (from Bullets Over Broadway)
25 – Bix Beiderbecke “At the Jazz Band Ball” (from Bullets Over Broadway)
26 – Glenn Miller “Sunrise Serenade” (from the Curse of the Jade Scorpion)
27 – Duke Ellington “Sophisticated Lady” (from the Curse of the Jade Scorpion)
28 – Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli “Liebstraum # 3” (from Sweet & Lowdown)
29- Ben Webster “My Ideal” (from September)
30 -Teddy Wilson “I Got Rhythm” (from Celebrity)
31 – Coleman Hawkins “Out of Nowhere” (from Deconstructing Harry)
32 – Benny Goodman “Sing Sing Sing” (from Deconstructing Harry)
33 – Benny Goodman “If I Had You” (from You’ll Meet a Tall Dark Stranger)
34 – Duke Ellington “I let a Song Out of My Heart” (Melinda &Melinda)
35 – Artie Shaw “Moonglow” (from Alice)
36 – Erroll Garner “The Way You Look Tonight” (from Alice)
37 – Tommy Dorsey “Opus n°1” (from Radio Days)
38 – Glenn Miller “American Patrol (from Radio Days)
39 – Artie Shaw “Frenesi” (from Radio Days)
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It takes no great research pains to find out that Woody Allen loves jazz. He scores most of his movies with the music, never failing to include it at least under their signature simple black-and-white opening titles. He has worked jazz as a theme into some of the films themselves, most notably Sweet and Lowdown, the story of a dissolute 1930s jazz guitarist who heads for Hollywood. He plays the clarinet himself, touring with his jazz band as seen in the documentary Wild Man Blues. He makes no secret of his admiration for fellow clarinetist (and also saxophonist) Sidney Bechet, after whom he named one of his daughters.

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These scenes make up the ending of Woody Allen’s ‘Stardust Memories’.

It’s a beautiful film, and a wonderful American tribute to Fellini’s 8 1/2. Plus Louis Armstrong’s version of ‘Stardust’ is one of the greatest you’ll ever hear.

It’s hard for a filmmaker to capture the joys of “just sort of sitting around” with someone you’re in love with, and he does it beautifully here. That long, unbroken shot conveys it all.

And then I couldn’t go uploading this without leaving in the train scene, too.

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Allen has publicly discussed a dream project called American Blues, a movie about the very beginning of jazz in New Orleans seen through the careers of Bechet and Louis Armstrong. He acknowledges that a story of that scale would require a far larger budget than the more modest films he makes just about every year, and so, in light of the unlikelihood of his commanding that budget, he has evidently contented himself with infusing the work that does come out with as much jazz as possible. You can hear almost two and a half hours of it in the Youtube playlist at the top of this post, which includes cuts from not just Bechet and Armstrong but from Tommy Dorsey, Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt, Glenn Miller, Lester Young, Jelly Roll Morton, and many other respected players from prewar and wartime America. You can find a list of the songs featured in the jazz playlist, complete with timestamps, in the blurb beneath this YouTube clip.

Midnight in Paris Jazz Score Sidney Bechet Si Tu Vois Ma Mere.

Even apart from what film scholars would call the non-diegetic jazz in Allen’s pictures (i.e., the jazz we hear on the score, but the characters themselves presumably don’t) he also includes some diegetic jazz, as in the ending of Stardust Memories, when Allen’s character puts on a Louis Armstrong record. And isn’t now just the right time to revisit the sequence from Midnight in Paris just above, a montage celebrating life in the City of Lights set to Sidney Bechet’s “Si tu vois ma mère”? After that, have a look at the clip below, in which the man himself plays with the Woody Allen and Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band at New York’s Cafe Carlyle — where you can catch them every Monday night through December 14th.

Woody Allen & Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band no Café Carlyle

Woody Allen Tells a Classic Joke About Hemingway, Fitzgerald & Gertrude Stein in 1965: A Precursor to Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen Lists the Greatest Films of All Time: Includes Classics by Bergman, Truffaut & Fellini

Watch an Exuberant, Young Woody Allen Do Live Stand Up on British TV (1965)

Watch a 44-Minute Supercut of Every Woody Allen Stammer, From Every Woody Allen Film

Haruki Murakami’s Passion for Jazz: Discover the Novelist’s Jazz Playlist, Jazz Essay & Jazz Bar

1959: The Year that Changed Jazz

Colin Marshall writes elsewhere on cities, language, Asia, and men’s style. He’s at work on a book about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer, the video series The City in Cinemaand the crowdfunded journalism project Where Is the City of the Future? Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.

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The Characters referenced in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (Part 7 Paul Gauguin)

The Characters referenced in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (Part 6 Gertrude Stein)

The Characters referenced in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (Part 5 Juan Belmonte)

The Characters referenced in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (Part 4 Ernest Hemingway)

The Characters referenced in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (Part 3 Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald)

The Characters referenced in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (Part 2 Cole Porter)

The Characters referenced in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (Part 1 William Faulkner)

MUSIC MONDAY Cole Porter “Let’s Do it, Let’s Fall in Love” in the movie MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

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