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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 10 May 2015
Yes, this definitely has similarities to ‘Stardust Memories.’
One of the main differences is the deep colour palette used here ( not particularly good on the normal DVD) compared to the crisp B&W of the former.
There are many excellent performances here. Woody is at his most, expressively arm waving, excuse riddled - it’s not my fault, endearing best!
There are two wonderful cameos here from the ladies: Lucy’s (Judy Davies) rant early doors is brilliant, but even this is topped by Joan’s (Kirsty Alley) rant ( complete with bemused client) at the office. I’ll say no more than that, even the old dears are at it, in a scene called, The Dark Secret,’ it’s all top comedy and written by the best script writer that there is?
There are also plenty of stars joining in the fun – Robin Williams - very briefly, Demi Moore & Billy Crystal to name but a few. I did find the dialogue in one later scene between Crystal & Woody very distasteful - very unusual for a Woody script, though again, unusually, this film is filled with bad language!
As with ‘Stardust’, this is not a particularly easy plot to follow, it contains flashbacks from the 'personal' storylines of his books - about himself and his partners - though these are played by other actors, fantasy sequences and other comedy sketches thrown in for good measure.! It’s a hoot of course, but my preference is for ‘Stardust,’ as it was first, and the ‘close up’ cinematography was stunning and quite clearly very memorable!
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on 19 February 2015
His most likeable film since Hannah and his Sisters and similar in style to his earlier 70's efforts,Annie Hall,Play it again,Sam with liberal use of flashbacks and fantasy sequences.Some LOL moments,rare in his 90's movies and large doses of dry New York jewish wit.

Non-stop stream of guest stars in cameo roles,but some of the supporting cast turn in amateurish performances.Best bits are the blind grandma,the corpse in the car and Billy Crystal as Satan.

Central character,though,suffers from too much navel gazing,film is over talky in parts, and unusually for Allen,profanities abound.

Choppy editing from fantasy to flashback and to the present and Pythonesque scenes which abruptly stop mean it is not an easy watch.

Still very good.
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on 22 February 2015
Not much of a plot arc, some overwrought acting, a clutch of good gags. This is Woody Allen veering toward his self-indulgent mode. Falls somewhere between the comedy of 'Play it Again Sam' and the introspection of 'Husbands and Wives'. More of a lesson in movie-making than an entertainment.
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on 5 June 2015
Please note that the Hollywood Pictures R2 DVD release of Woody's atypical but wonderful picture is not in widescreen but in a cropped 1.33:1 ratio. The one to get is the Kaleidoscope release.
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on 29 November 2017
A must have for all Woody Allen fans
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on 3 November 2013
A different kind of film from Woody Allen from the kind we are used to. Well worth watching and one I have waited a long time to see.
It shows the versatility of a talented if sometimes misunderstood director. Give it a go and you might be surprised.
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on 24 September 2016
I live in the United States, so this didn't play in my Blu-Ray player, but worked fine in my PC's disc drive. Loved this movie when it came out and owned it on VHS, but hadn't seen it in many years. Still an amazing movie, and my favorite of all Woody Allen's films.
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on 15 August 2015
One of Allen's best,if bitterest, from this period.
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on 17 October 2015
Woody Allen's classic - brilliantly hilarious and witty, tragedy in a comic disguise. Great to watch when you are down, Allen does not disappoint you.
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on 25 May 2017
Imaginative highly entertaining
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