Bettina’s Take: Cinema Society Screening of ‘Midnight in Paris’

Rachel McAdams

The Cinema Society and Thierry Mugler hosted a screening and after-party on May 17 for Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen's lighthearted new movie about love, nostalgia, betrayal, cultural differences, and self-discovery set in the most achingly beautiful city in the world, Paris.

Allen's film alternates between present-day Paris and Paris in the 1920s. I don't want to give the plot away, but Adrien Brody has a small role as Salvador Dalí that still has me grinning from ear to ear. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy also has a wonderful bit part, filled with a mixture of low-key sexiness and wisdom.

The movie has gotten excellent advance reviews (for good reason). The audience was packed with notables such as Allen himself with wife Soon-Yi, Patricia Clarkson, Gina Gershon, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (in vintage Dior and The Row), Sofia Coppola, Nora Ephron, and several cast members, including Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Rachel McAdams, and Corey Stoll.

"It's a classic Woody Allen movie: magical, funny and romantic," said Sheen, who will next be playing Hamlet. "Woody has a very clear idea of what he needs as a director. It's wonderful to work with people that you respect; Woody is a director any actor would want to work with."

Corey Stoll enjoyed his time filming in Paris.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

"It was a perfect part. Shooting was spaced out for a couple of weeks, and I took long walks with my girlfriend," he said with a smile.

When asked what it was like directing this particular cast, Allen gave a wonderful, kind answer that encompassed every cast he's worked with.

"I've never had a problem with any cast," he said. "The people in the cast are always sweet, we have a lot of laughs."

At the Soho Grand after-party, guests sipped cocktails named the Zelda and the Hemingway, both inspired by the film, and dined on short ribs and truffled pasta.

A self-confessed Thierry Mugler perfume addict, Monica Potter was especially thrilled with the gift bag containing three of the designer's different fragrances.

She wasn't the only one.

Photos: Rachel McAdams (top left), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (bottom center)