The Purple Rose Of Cairo

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(out of 5)


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.


, Orion Pictures

USA, 1985

Directed by Woody Allen

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


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