PARIS — Woody Allen’s period movie just went into flashback mode. The director took over famed Paris eaterie Maxim’s on Monday night to shoot scenes for “Midnight in Paris” with Marion Cotillard and Owen Wilson.


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Images taken on the set of the movie so far indicate the action is set in the Twenties, but the scenes filmed at Maxim’s, owned by Pierre Cardin, take place in the late 19th century, in what an insider described as a flashback within the film.


“Midnight in Paris” has been described as a romantic comedy that follows a family traveling to the city for business, whose lives are transformed during the journey.


Cotillard donned a yellow dress for the ball scene, which featured some 40 extras, including musicians. Filming stretched into the wee hours, with exterior scenes featuring a coach and horses.


Allen is shooting in Paris for the first time since his 1996 movie “Everyone Says I Love You,” with an all-star cast including Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody and First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who will be making her acting debut.

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