Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

WOODY ALLEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Miramax, Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.

Dianne Wiest and John Cusack in Bullets Over Broadway. Wiest won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

 plays an idealistic playwright in 1930s New York City who decides that, for his latest opus, he will make absolutely no concessions: he will direct it himself to ensure the quality of his work is preserved, and he will have the exact cast that he wants even if they aren’t practical to work with. Unfortunately, once production gets rolling, compromise becomes inevitable, as his leading lady () is an alcoholic who is very picky about everything, his leading man () has a serious food addiction, and to finance the play, Cusack has to accept the offer of a local gangster () and make it worth his while by casting his airheaded girlfriend () in a crucial role. Even more trouble comes his way when Tilly’s goon bodyguard () decides to help out with the script. The performances (which also include the marvelous ) are all among the best of 1994, with praises going to Tilly’s brilliant work and the absolutely astounding Wiest, who has never been more colourful. Gorgeously photographed by Carlo DiPalma, featuring beautiful production by Santo Loquasto, this is one of Allen’s best films in years, and it didn’t get this good again until Match Point.

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