Alice (1990)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1990.  .  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

This sweet, comic fable by Woody Allen falls short of The Purple Rose of Cairo but has a magical quality of its own worth cherishing.  plays a Manhattan housewife whose wealthy husband (William Hurt) provides her a luxurious life of beauty salons and swanky shopping. Complaining of bad headaches, she is referred to a mystical doctor ( in his last film) in Chinatown who gives her magical potions that do all sorts of wonders for her. One gives her the confidence to speak boldly to a man () she has had an eye on. Another makes her invisible and helps her spy on her husband, whom she thinks is having an affair. Like Lewis Carroll’s heroine, Alice goes to the other side of the looking glass and gets a good look at her life, helping her determine the next step in her existence. Part Cairo, part Another Woman, this film’s best asset is Farrow’s excellent performance, one of the best she ever gave.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Original Screenplay

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Mia Farrow)


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