Monday, May 30, 2011

The Purple Rose of Cairo

In honor of Midnight in Paris being the best-reviewed Woody Allen movie in years, I've been trying to catch his older titles that are supposed to be good that I haven't seen, and I managed to catch this one this week. It's a light-hearted fantasy, one of the last comedies where Woody's touch felt uncynical. It gave me a whole new appreciation for Jeff Daniels, playing not only the character who walks off screen, but the actor who created the character. I also really enjoyed the characters stuck on the screen, Brigadoon's Van Johnson and Lost Boys' Edward Herrmann among them.

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