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Are Oscars Nominees' Health Plots Accurate or Malpractice?

'Midnight in Paris'

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'Midnight in Paris'

Dr. Markel says: "This Woody Allen romp through Paris of the 1920s features several members of the Lost Generation, including a very drunk F. Scott Fitzgerald. Although this film is a romantic homage to that long-ago era, Allen seems to gloss over the dangerous effects alcohol clearly has on both Fitzgerald and a young Ernest Hemingway.

"Perhaps this is not to be expected from a comedy, but the fact remains that Fitzgerald became a hopeless drunk -- one whose life was cut short at the age of 44 -- and Hemingway's muscular praises of the drinking life encouraged millions to pick up this addictive habit."

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