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Woody Allen goes back in time with 'Midnight in Paris'

Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson and Woody Allen on

Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson and Woody Allen on the set of "Midnight in Paris" Photo Credit: Handout

Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” which hits theaters tomorrow, has been getting some of the 75-year-old icon’s best reviews in ages.

The film follows modern-day screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson) as he hops into a mysterious car — at midnight while visiting Paris — and travels back in time to the ’20s, where he gets to know Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and other figures from “A Moveable Feast.”

Last week the film opened the Cannes Film Festival, so it’s no wonder the Woodman was in good spirits when he met with the New York press on Tuesday:

What was the conceptual origin of “Midnight in Paris”?
I thought that it would be a romantic film. We all grew up on Paris in the movies as romantic, and I thought of the title “Midnight in Paris.” … And for a long time — six weeks or so — I didn’t know what happens at midnight in Paris.

How and when do ideas come to you?
It’s unpredictable and constant. … Usually, the ideas come in the course of the year. I write them down, I go look at them later, and some of them seem terrible — I don’t know why I bothered to write them down — but others are OK.

How do you feel about actors improvising?
As long as they make it real and exciting or amusing, I’m very, very happy to take credit for it later.

Do you plan to make more movies in New York?
I would love to. I’ve made many, many movies here and I don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface. … What’s great also is there’s a certain advantage to being in your own home.

What’s advantageous about it?
For instance, I’m going to Rome this summer. I’m not going to be able to see any baseball. That’s a big loss to me. I have three months of a hotel shower. I’ve got a great shower at home — it comes down hard and hot. … My own bed. My own house. My surrounding pharmaceuticals.

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