The Purple Rose Of Cairo (1985)

WOODY ALLEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1985.  , Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1985.  Golden Globe Awards 1985.  

Jeff Daniels and Mia Farrow in The Purple Rose of Cairo.

In 1984, Woody Allen gave La Strada a twist with his Broadway Danny Rose, and now The Purple Rose of Cairo brings back shades of Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria.  gives her best performance to date as a meek New Jersey housewife whose mental survival of the Depression revolves around seeing every movie that plays at her local theatre. She sees one film in particular so many times that the main actor () actually walks off the screen to meet and subsequently fall in love with her. Funny and brilliant, this is one of Allen’s most accessible and enjoyable works (and noted by him as his favourite of his own films). ,  and  all lend excellent support, but the film belongs to Farrow’s beautiful eyes. Fantasy is rarely blended with reality so well.

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