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5.0 out of 5 stars Though absent on screen, This is Woody's Best.
You can feel Woody even though you can't see him. A brilliant romantic movie which completley surprises you on the fourth performance. (You'll find out what I mean). Jeff Daniels plays two parts, his character in the Movie at the local Movie House and the Actor behind the Character. Mia Farrow is in love with both of them and wants to escape her bum of a husband and her...
Published on 12 Feb 2002 by danrolnick@mac.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars Reality and fantasy, but nothing heavy
An engaging and tantalising sidelight on the attractions of fantasy over reality, yes, but some of the claims by other reviewers here are strangely tall.

There's no doubting the charm of this picture. Woody Allen takes trouble to obtain a period feel, lightly sketching in the consequences of the depression and the tightrope walked by a woman (Mia Farrow) with a...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 6 Jan 2013
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Another great film from Woody Allen, and one of his best - a good story, very amusing, tender, dream-like and surreal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and wistful comedy/fantasy, 27 Jun 2010
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An utterly sweet, inventive and charming film that examines our love
affair with the movies and our need to escape into fantasy. The central
device of the wall breaking down between the characters in a film and
those watching is great fun, and both Mia Farrow and Jeff Daniels do
some of their very best work in this.

That said, for me, it lacks a little of the depth and complexity of my
very favorite of Allen's film. It's a little too cute and simplistic
in the middle, although the first and last third, and the uncompromised
ending are terrific. It doesn't quite hold up on multiple viewings
the way 'Annie Hall', or 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' or 'Hannah and Her
Sisters' or 'Zelig' do. But even 2nd tier Woody Allen is better than
almost anything else out there. And on a certain level, with great
filmmakers its about personal taste, not right and wrong. (e.g. Is Chapln's
'Modern Times' better than 'City Lights' ?) So, if you like Allen's
work at all and you've never seen this, you owe yourself a look to
decide for yourself.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Pressie!, 18 Nov 2013
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I purchased this item for my hubby for Christmas after being unable to find it on the high street. Speedy delivery - looking forward to watching it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reality and fantasy, but nothing heavy, 21 July 2009
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An engaging and tantalising sidelight on the attractions of fantasy over reality, yes, but some of the claims by other reviewers here are strangely tall.

There's no doubting the charm of this picture. Woody Allen takes trouble to obtain a period feel, lightly sketching in the consequences of the depression and the tightrope walked by a woman (Mia Farrow) with a violent husband, though nothing too nasty that might frighten the horses. No wonder that the haven afforded by the local picture house leads her to dwell repetitively on the charms of life up there on the screen, and that the glamorous characters seem that much more attractive than her neglectful husband and bad-tempered employer.

But to proceed from there to claim that Woody Allen is saying something profound about the rich imaginative world that people are able to conjure up at the drop of a hat and about the interlinked worlds of consciousness and heightened consciousness seems to me over the top. This is surely first and foremost an entertainment, a light-hearted but poignant (and the mix of the two accounts for much of the charm) illustration of the power of cinema to temporarily banish dull care.

The initial dissolve of Jeff Daniels' b/w archaeologist on screen into his own colour counterpart in the auditorium is delicately handled by Allen, and he continues to demonstrate deft control of the parallel worlds. This is essentially a one-trick picture and Allen is wise to draw it to a close at 78 mins. He's excellently served by the just-believable Mia Farrow as the filmstruck ingenuee and by the enthusiastic Jeff Daniels in the dual role of character and actor, who has just the right extra amount of steel in him as the latter so that his act of betrayal is not wholly out of character as he returns Mia Farrow to much (albeit not quite) the same state she was in to start with.

Anyone wanting to explore a little deeper into the issues of imagination and reality raised in Purple Rose of Cairo might enjoy two great plays by Luigi Pirandello; Henry IV and Six Characters in Search of an Author.
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