Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1997. Sweetland Films, Jean Doumanian Productions. Screenplay by Woody Allen. Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma. Produced by Jean Doumanian. Production Design by Santo Loquasto. Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger. Film Editing by Susan E. Morse. Academy Awards 1997.
Woody Allen plays a popular scribe with writer’s block who spends two days re-examining his life and his past (bad) relationships, using his stories as his guide. Mr. Dalloway it sure ain’t, nor is it among Allen’s best work, and some dire fans might be put off by the constant harsh language and the switch from Allen’s usual bittersweet tone to a much angrier one. The casting of famous Hollywood actors as characters in his stories (Demi Moore being a standout among these) is entertaining, with other favourites including Kirstie Alley as one of Allen’s neurotic ex-wives, Hazelle Goodman as a wisecracking prostitute and Caroline Aaron as Allen’s religiously fanatic but compassionate and wise half-sister.