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September [DVD]

Elaine Stritch , Denholm Elliott , Woody Allen    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000634CK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,769 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
Format:DVD
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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable 23 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A miniature masterpiece. 21 Aug 2014
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Woody Allan's Ingmar Bergman inspired story of unfulfilled longings was a radical departure from his other work when it first appeared over 25 years ago. Now, many years later, it can be assessed as an admittedly "theatrical", but none the less highly impressive miniature masterwork. Exceptional performances from an ensemble cast of true professionals, coupled with a wonderful score of "found" music and blessed with a brilliant cinematographer - all result in an engaging and perceptive portrait of people in crisis that is insightful, elegant and fascinating. The laughs are very few indeed but the ironies many. At around 80 minutes this short film may not appeal to everyone and definitely errs on the side of theatrical artifice - one can imagine it produce on stage quite easily - but my goodness it is well structured and directed. The dvd transfer is very fine and the late summer early autumnal light is brilliantly captured. All in all I found it quite wonderful but I know that it's slowly developing narrative and distanced approach will not appeal to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars September is my birthday 1 April 2013
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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 Rather bleak and occasionally quite moving. 2 Mar 2006
Format:DVD
September seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it work within the Allen filmography, one that seems synonymous with that period in the late 80's when he was trying to take on weightier issues that drew stylistically on the films of Ingmar Bergman (see Another Woman, Husbands and Wives, Crimes and Misdemeanours and elements of Hannah and Her Sisters for more), and one that has the famous back-story of Allen shooting the film once, assembling a rough-cut, deciding he hated it, re-writing the script, re-casting the film and eventually re-shooting the same story on a soundstage in upstate New York. His intention... to create an isolated and claustrophobic atmosphere in which he could develop a modern-day chamber-piece that would stand more as a filmed play as opposed to a major motion picture!! Still, it showed that he was taking risks rather than playing it safe, something that he would end up doing during the latter half of the 90's and the first half of the new millennium.

The basic story of the film concerns six main protagonists who are gathered together at an idyllic summer house in Vermont. The house belongs to Lane (Farrow), who is recuperating from a nervous breakdown, a failed relationship and years of guilt and speculation involving the murder of her abusive step-father. Amongst the group is Peter (Sam Waterston), a struggling writer who is lodging with Lane and who Lane has a crush on. Peter however, is in love with Lane's friend Stephanie (Diane Wiest), who is staying at the summer house to escape the tedium of her husband while her children are away at camp. Stephanie seems close to Howard (Denholm Eliot) who has hidden feelings from Lane, whilst between the four of them there is Lane's vibrant and gregarious mother Diane (Elaine Stritch) and her new lover Lloyd (Jack Warden).
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