Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Purple Rose of Cairo

Starring Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, and Dianne Wiest

Directed by Woody Allen

Release Date: March 1st, 1985

A madcap comedy that explores the blending of reality and fiction.

It's the 1930's New Jersey. Cecilia (Farrow) is a waitress whose only happiness comes from going to the movies each week. One day, at a screening of The Purple Rose of Cairo, Tom Baxter (Daniels) walks out of the screen and begins talking to our lonely maiden. Soon, Hollywood is in a panic due to rumors that there's a movie that's not playing as it's meant to and a double of Gil Shepherd (also Daniels) walking around and causing the studio a major headache. If all that's not enough, both Baxter and Shepherd are head over heels in love with Cecilia!

Woody Allen does a masterful job blending a screwball comedy with romance. I really adore the way Allen works in several styles of comedy and storytelling that was commonly seen in the films during the 1930s, such as the dialogue the characters in the fictional film speak or the heavy "drinking" done by several of the characters.  In addition, I really must applaud the acting of Jeff Daniels as both Baxter and Shepherd, making each character into a different person. Finally, there's a ton of great jokes toward metafiction, such as talking about Baxter as only a fictional character or that he believes the only "higher power" are the screenwriters for his film.

Click here to buy The Purple Rose of Cairo

Rating: * * * * 

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