Short story Friday: Woody Allen’s 1965 precursor to Midnight in Paris

“And then Hemingway punched me in the mouth.”

In Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris (2011), struggling writer Gil Pender travels back in time on his midnight walks. In the Paris of the 1920’s, he meets and hangs out with people like Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein.

In 1965, Woody Allen was a stand-up comedian. In one of his shows, he told about his encounters with Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Stein.

This is brilliant and goes to show that good ideas die hard:

Sidebar photo: Jim Linwood/Wikemedia

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