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September [DVD]

Elaine Stritch , Denholm Elliott , Woody Allen    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elaine Stritch, Denholm Elliott, Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Sam Waterston
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Gail Sicilia, Jack Rollins, Robert Greenhut
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 15 April 2002
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000634CK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,993 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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It is late summer, and Lane (Mia Farrow), still fragile after a nervous breakdown, is staying at her childhood home in Vermont. She has been having an affair with Peter (Sam Waterson), a writer who lives nearby, but now relations between them seem to have inexplicably cooled. When Lane's mother (Elaine Stritch) arrives with unexpected news, and the fate of her relationship with Peter becomes clear, Lane's emotional world is thrown into turmoil once again. Written and directed by Woody Allen.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deceptive harmony of beige tones ... 23 April 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
This film looks beautiful in an understated way, being shot almost entirely in a narrow range of beige tones, but with good contrast on the faces which brings out their aesthetic qualities a bit like a de la Tour painting. The focus on this is enhanced by the fact that we never see through a window, the whole film being shot in a studio in New York whereas the house is meant to be in Vermont. The exquisiteness of the lighting is complemented by the beautiful, poignant score and the beautifully-shaped screenplay which unleashes a far greater storm of emotion than appears on the surface for most of its running time. This restraint makes it all the more moving, with Mia Farrow bringing a heartfelt vulnerability to the central role, marvellously offset by the brusquely gung-ho manner of the mother, perfectly projected by Elaine Stritch. It clearly owes a lot to Bergman's Autumn Sonata, but expands the focus onto more characters and is more soft-hued in every sense, but no less moving for that. It also manages to broaden the tone to comedy as well through Elaine Stritch's character without undermining the piece's undercurrent of plangent melancholy, albeit transformed through art itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable 23 Feb 2005
By A Customer
September (Woody Allen, 1987)
Between his serio-comic reminiscence RADIO DAYS and the searing adult drama ANOTHER WOMAN, Woody Allen made September, a reflective, introspective chamber-piece on his favourite themes of childhood, adultery, love and loss. One imagines that the chilly critical and public response will shift to one of admiration and wonder as the years shift, such is the haunting power of this masterpiece.
Mia Farrow plays Lane, an unsuccessful photographer recovering from a breakdown in her autumnal apartment, the golds and rusts of the season chiming with the forlorn tone of the story. She falls in love with a visiting writer (Waterston), who appears to be drifting away from her, since he is besotted with Lane's sister Stephanie (Wiest). Barely taking an interest is the sisters' self-absorbed mother (Stritch) and her insecure third husband (Warden). Denholm Elliot rounds out the principal case as a kind family friend, his love for Lane unspoken.
There are many great moments in this complex, brilliant film, but two in particular remain long in the mind. First is the "love scene" between Waterston and Wiest. Wiest says- torn- that to begin an affair would be "impossible" and exits. Then, slowly, she turns and walks back into the room, shutting the door. Wiest has never been better than in this film, than in this moment. A startling, beautifully realised epiphany, boiled down to a look, a bow and a smile. The second great sequence comes with the shattering denouement, which I shan't spoil for you here. Allegedly based on the Johnny Stompanato murder case, it's a considerable jolt.
Allen's straight dramas certainly aren't for all tastes, but for those who can take them the rewards are vast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars September is my birthday 1 April 2013
Wonderful absolutely amazing in every way and beginning to the end totally involved. One of Woody Allen's best as there are so many but this is one for the collection a must have for any fan of his films.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Allen's Sombre Human Study 15 Mar 2012
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Woody Allen's Bergmanesque study of human relationships, his 1987 film September, is, even at its relatively short duration of 79 minutes, at times, quite hard going. Despite many creditworthy acting performances, for me, the film drags, particularly during the middle third, and it is only towards the end that, due to the late plot twists and accompanying dramatic scenes, the film is just about lifted into four star territory.

Set in the leafy surrounds of Vermont, but not leaving the confines of a single house setting, Allen's film is an at times claustrophobic study of the lives, loves, frustrations, etc, of six main characters. These comprise best friends Lane (Mia Farrow) - who is recuperating at the house from a failed suicide attempt - and Stephanie (Dianne Wiest), Lane's mother Diane (Elaine Stritch) and stepfather Lloyd (Jack Warden), and Lane/Stephanie's romantic acquaintances, budding writer Peter (Sam Waterson) and teacher Howard (Denholm Elliot). For me, the film sits somewhere between Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party (but much less scathingly funny) and a film like Joanna Hogg's Archipelago (but with Allen's film containing slightly more dramatic developments!).

Don't get me wrong, September certainly has its plus points. Chief among them is the film-stealing acting performance delivered by Elaine Stritch. In her depiction of the outwardly blustering and self-confident, but also self-doubting, Diane, she is very impressive. Also outstanding are Jack Warden, providing yet another brilliant screen turn as the cowering husband Lloyd , and great British stalwart Denholm Elliot playing the rebuffed, elder paramour, Howard.
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