Woody Allen: The Purple Rose of Cairo

(USA, 1985, 82 mins, 35mm)
CAST Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Van Johnson, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann


During the Great Depression, a New Jersey housewife returns again to again to watch RKO’s latest madcap Manhattan romance. So great is her devotion to the movie that one of the characters, Tom Baxter, can’t refrain from commenting on it - stepping down from the screen and into real life. Complications ensue.

Weaving a beguiling web between the escapist impulses of movies and romance alike, this is one of Allen’s most poignant confections, and one of the fimmaker’s own favourites.

"Woody Allen’s deft script investigates every nook and cranny of the couple’s bizarre relationship, the irate Pirandellian reactions of the illusory characters left up on the screen, and the bewilderment of the actor whose movie persona has miraculously gone walkies. As the star-struck couple, Farrow and Daniels work wonders with fantastic emotions, while Allen’s direction invests enough care, wit and warmth to make it genuinely moving." Geoff Andrew, Time Out