One thing I kept thinking about while watching this movie is what it would look like if it were me in the central role. Yes, I know its egotistical, but who hasn't want to star in a movie about themselves?! My movie would take me back to the 1920s, except, it would look quite different. It would still take place in Paris but some other faces from that era would have monumental roles in this film. It would also have a foot in America, specifically in Harlem, New York. Josephine Baker, who has a non-speaking role in Midnight in Paris, would be my tour guide, showing me around the city and introducing me to other important people of the Harlem Renaissance. I would have tea on a terrace with James Baldwin, swap stories of recent travels abroad with Zora Neale Hurston, and explore Europe via rail with Richard Wright. Langston Hughes and I would have a close relationship as he would become my next door neighbor. I would occasionally visit Romare Bearden's studio, getting a first glance as his latest work. I would be embraced in a world where my blackness and my artistry is well-defined and appreciated, though different than the norm.
I hope to one day experience what Gil had in Paris. I wouldn't need a romance for I would be fulfilled through my work. I just want the chance to be all of "me" rather than be pieces of me only sometimes.
|"Jeunesse" by Palmer Hayden (date unknown)|