Still from Midnight in Paris
Photo: Sony Pictures Classics
“The past is not dead! Actually, it’s not even past,” says Owen Wilson-as-Woody Allen in Midnight in Paris. “You know who said that? Faulkner. And he was right. And I met him, too. I ran into him at a dinner party.” Now the writer’s estate is suing Sony over the line, since no one sought permission to use it. We’d quote the exact passage from Requiem for a Nun, but we’re not looking to allegedly infringe anyone’s copyright today.