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Purple Rose Of Cairo, The (1985)

Original Title : Purple Rose of Cairo, The
Director : Woody Allen
Writer : Woody Allen
Genre : Fantasy
Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Robert Greenhut (I) , Charles H. Joffe , Michael Peyser , Gail Sicilia , Jack Rollins (II)
Music : Dick Hyman
Photography : Gordon Willis
IMDB ID : 0089853
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Purple Rose Of Cairo, The (1985) - Woody Allen
 

Starring

Mia Farrow Cecilia
Jeff Daniels Tom Baxter, Gil Shepherd
Danny Aiello Monk
Irving Metzman Theater Manager
Stephanie Farrow Cecilia's Sister
David Kieserman Diner Boss
Elaine Grollman Diner Patron
Victoria Zussin Diner Patron
 

Plot

Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey during the Depression and is searching for an escape from her dreary life. Tom Baxter is a dashing young archaeologist in the film "The Purple Rose of Cairo." After losing her job Cecilia goes to see the film in hopes of raising her spirits. Much to her surprise Tom Baxter walks off the screen and into her life. There's only one problem..Tom isn't real. Meanwhile Hollywood is up in arms when they dicover that other Tom Baxters are trying to leave the screen in other theatres. Will Tom ever return and finish the film or will he decide to stay in the real world?
 

Comments

Allen's best film to date Woody's stories are often derivative, but he's forgiven that, usually, because the results are good and ultimately do deserve his signature.For PURPLE ROSE, he swipes Buster Keaton's gimmick in SHERLOCK, JR., then lets his imagination run free as he did in the best of his NEW YORKER stories. We wind up with the most fascinating and realistic meditation regarding what it is to be an audience, a viewer's relationship to art, art's relationship to reality.The triumph is amazing, because, despite the depth of the symbolism, PURPLE ROSE can also be seen as sheer entertainment, on its surface, it is still one of the most entertaining pictures Woody has ever made. Farrow and Aiello are marvelous here, Mia, who is quite underrated, has only been as good once -- in BROADWAY DANNY ROSE.The photography is superb, influenced perhaps by Edward Hopper with generally less obvious light sources. Splendid, splendid work.
 
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