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"Doesn't he know he's got the greatest gift anyone can have, the gift of laughter?" Woody Allen stars as filmmaker Sandy Bates, who, like John Sullivan in Preston Sturges's Sullivan's Travels, no longer wants to make comedies. As studio executives threaten to wrest control of his latest film, he reluctantly attends a weekend film-culture festival in his honor, where he is besieged by journalists ("I'm doing a piece on the shallow indifference of celebrities"), groupies ("I drove all the way from Bridgeport to make it with you"), and persistent oddballs ("Can I talk to you about my idea I have for a movie? It's a comedy based on the whole Guyana mass suicide").
After the exhilarating Manhattan, Stardust Memories was a dramatic departure that threw critics and fans for an outraged loop. But out of all of Allen's films, it is perhaps the one most ripe for rediscovery. It poses the same dilemma Stephen King would later tackle in Misery: What happens when a popular artist is held captive by an adoring audience that doesn't want him to change? The answer may come from an extraterrestrial, who in one of the many fantasy sequences advises the comedian, "You want to do mankind a real service? Tell funnier jokes."
The film is impeccably cast with Charlotte Rampling, Jessica Harper, and Marie-Christine Barrault (of Cousine/Cousine) as the three women in Sandy's life. There are also choice bits by Sharon Stone as a fantasy woman on a train, Daniel Stern as an aspiring actor, Louise Lasser as Sandy's overwhelmed secretary, Laraine Newman as an unimpressed studio executive, and Tony Roberts as Tony Roberts. My own aunt, Victoria Zussin, utters the film's most famous line as the patron who tells Sandy she loves his movies, especially "your early funny ones." --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I feel that Stardust Memories(1980) is his best film because it manages to meld the comedy and drama together better than all of his other attempts. (I'm not a big fan of Manhattan, I think it's dull; Crimes & Misdemeanors is perhaps his second-best move-tastic motion picture.) There's some out-and-out hilarious comedy, which self-knowingly refers back to Allen's early comedic style, and the drama is complex and moving. There are moments of bad taste, and the film sometimes seems geared to patronise Allen's fans, but these are brave moves, and make it all the more memorable.
Beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, brilliantly written, astoundingly funny, powerfully touching, insanely insane, comically surreal, slyly self-referential, overtly recommendable to friends and family, oven-fresh and microwave-compatible.
PS Keep your eyes peeled for a blink-and-you'll-miss-it from a young Sharon Stone at the beginning. ...
On the one hand, it is full of Woody's usual intelligent yet hilarious one liners. It is also a very bold and interesting satire on how contemporary America deals with its famous yet intelligent artists. This is set in the context of an increasingly absurd weekend 'seminar' in which the Woody character shows and comments on his films. This brings out the zaniness in the audience, really the U.S. film audience. The comments the film tries to make are indeed profound (how can one make funny movies when one is a depressed person in a depressing world? what is the point of artistic creation? when is the line crossed between admiration of an artist and obsession? can the affluent be happy, or will they create problems?)
On the other hand, the film is almost incoherent. It is supposed to have a dream-like effect, and it hurtles through past and present to try to give life to several sub-plots (noticeably the love story(ies)). Yet they only acheive a kind of artifical ressucitation. The film is shot in an over-lighted black and white which has its purpose but really gets on the nerves!
One has to give it to Woody, how honest he is in his movies about himself, even the 'scandalous' aspects of his real life. In this film his lover suspects him of flirting with a 14 year old cousin. In Deconstructing Harry his sexual 'weakness' causes him to lose his son, his lovers, and almost his freedom. Even in the more care-free movies like Curse of the Jade Scorpion he hints at his inability to resist young women.
The message of many of his films seems to be, yes life is awful, but there is time for love and laughter and we need to focus on this.Read more ›
straddles the line between homage and rip-off when it comes to
But it's so physically beautiful, and so full of unforgettable moments
of humor and heartbreak, that I can watch it over and over and just see
more and more in it. It's an odd, wonderful mix of sad, angry, surreal
and very funny. It's a chilling, hysterical look at the emptiness
of being famous, at what it means to not trust your own worth, what it
means to be scared of happiness.
The jump cut sequence with Charlotte Rampling is one of the best, most
incisive pieces of film-making I've ever seen. Period.
For me, it's a tragically underrated film. I'm thrilled to see it
getting support here. I guess it can be validly criticized, but my
emotional reaction to the nit-picking is 'who cares?' This is brave,
unique, special film-making in a world with far too little.
Horrifyingly, along with many other great Allen films (including Annie
Hall!) , it's currently out-of-print in North America on DVD. I can only hope
this means an upgraded re-release of these films is on the way, but
there's always a danger they're caught up in some kind of rights
battle. So if you want to own these classics, you might want to grab
some good used copies while you can. It is still available new from
Amazon UK if you have a region free player,
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As a huge Allen fan I warmly recommend this movie. It's quirky, neurotic, romantic, and generally all of the things that make us love Woody so much in the first place. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Bernard Chapin
There are 2 kinds of Woody fans- those who like his earlier silly stuff (ala Mel Brooks) and those who appreciate his deeper side. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by Crazy2Bhere
Strange movie, undoubtably influenced by some of the European masters. A bit different than the typical Allen fare, almost melancholic. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003
I am a new Woody Allen fan having just discovered his brillance this year. With that having been said, this film is not up to par with the rest that I've seen from Woody. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2002 by A. Neal
I am baffled that this film does not receive more acclaim than it has. In the pantheon of Allen films it easily ranks near the top. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2002
Definitely one of his best. Personally I think it was originally panned because it was sort of proactively mocking its critics, due to the seemingly autobiographical slant of it. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2001 by Tim Rosenstein
When discussing the two things in this life that man has complete control over, Sandy Bates (Woody Allen) notes that only art and masturbation fall into that category. Read morePublished on July 2 2001 by Mike Stone
Why do I choose to waste these few minutes of my life talking about a movie that few people have ever seen and that fewer still want to resurrect? Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2001 by R. David Roe