Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

WOODY ALLEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1984.  , .  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.  

Woody Allen and Nick Apollo Forte in Broadway Danny Rose

This wonderful comedy by finds the great director smack dab in the middle of his greatest successes of the eighties. He plays a small-time talent agent who is asked by his star client, a loud-mouthed lounge singer (), to take his mistress () to a party as his date. Allen agrees in order to prevent his client’s wife from finding out about Farrow, but his adventures with her grow more and more bizarre until he realizes he loves her himself. Shot in gorgeous black-and-white, the film has a Felliniesque sense of wonder to it that is made perfect by the bittersweet ending. A lovely tribute to romance and the beauty of the Big Apple, it also features one of Farrow’s best performances in a totally uncharacteristic part for her, and one of Allen’s most delightful screenplays. Also features cameo appearances by famous comedians playing themselves, including ,  and .

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