Interiors (1978)

WOODY ALLEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA, 1978.  , Rollins-Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1978.  Golden Globe Awards 1978.  National Board of Review Awards 1978New York Film Critics Awards 1978.   

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. Geraldine Page is phenomenal as a woman who is doing her best to emotionally survive her husband () leaving her. Her daughters (Diane Keaton, , ) struggle with their own problems while trying to get to know their father’s new wife (Maureen Stapleton, 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).

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