(out of 5)

This Ingmar Bergman-inspired drama is a complete reversal of style for Woody Allen, effectively capturing the downward spiral of an upper class New York family that is falling apart at the seams. is phenomenal as a woman who is doing her best to emotionally survive her husband () leaving her. Her daughters (, , ) struggle with their own problems while trying to get to know their father’s new wife (, also a standout). Fantastic performances are compounded with gorgeous cinematography and Allen’s uncannily sharp sense of character; the dialogue and direction are as strong as iron here. The auteur-neurotic concentrated more of his career on brilliant comedies, but his few forays into serious drama realm (this and Another Woman) have been memorable (I’m pretending not to remember September).

, Rollins-Joffe Productions

USA, 1978

Directed by Woody Allen

Screenplay by Woody Allen

Cinematography by

Produced by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1978

Golden Globe Awards 1978

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