Stardust Memories (1980)



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Woody Allen's tenth film as writer/director, Stardust Memories opens with a scene reminiscent of the opening of 8 1/2 and continues to use that film for inspiration. Sandy Bates (Allen) sits in a train at a train station, the car filled with very unhappy looking people. In a train on another set of tracks, Bates sees a wonderful party going on. A beautiful woman blows him a kiss as the happy train pulls out of the station. Bates is a famous film director who has been invited to attend a festival … More

Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: Woody Allen
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On DVD: Jul 5, 2000
United Artists


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Critic Reviews for Stardust Memories

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

Though there are laughs along the way, this is a truly mean-spirited picture.

Full Review… | March 23, 2009
Top Critic

With its blunt, artless angst, the picture leaves you feeling depleted, squashed.

Full Review… | March 23, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One long cry of anguish about the price of fame comes perilously close to self-pity. And self-abuse.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's the first Woody Allen film in which impotence has become the situation rather than the problem. This is a movie about a guy who has given up.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Invokes the mood of an early Fellini film as it swirls through the troubled recollections of a film director, played by Mr. Allen.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Woody Allen's altar is the art of filmmaking, and Stardust Memories is his crisis of faith.

Full Review… | December 27, 2014

Audience Reviews for Stardust Memories

Sandy Bates: You can't control life. It doesn't wind up perfectly. Only-only art you can control. Art and masturbation. Two areas in which I am an absolute expert. 

Stardust Memories isn't a movie that jumps to mind when you think about Woody Allen. It is nowhere near his best and actually may be my least favorite film of his. I found it unlikable in a lost every way. This is odd because it is Allen paying his respects to Fellini and one of my favorite movies, 8 1/2. But just because you use Fellini type images and elements of plot from 8 1/2, doesn't mean you are making a worthwhile movie. This is just a bore of a film and probably Allen's most annoying.

Sandy Bates is a talented director. He makes funny movies and when he decides to change direction and start making more serious pictures, he gets pressure from studio heads to stick to the comedy. While he stays at the Stardust Hotel, while attending a festival of his films, he has memories of the past and his loves. Along the way, we see him spend a great majority of his time fighting fans off who want to go him movie ideas and who want to shower him with praise for being such an intelligent filmmaker.

This whole experience got tedious after the first twenty minutes and became the most disappointing of any Woody Allen film I have ever seen. It isn't a movie I would ever recommend, but obviously people do like it, so I might just be crazy. I'll stick to Hannah and Her Sisters and Match Point; you can have this garbage.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Dear Mr. Allen,

Your film is famous for it's quote "I don't want to make funny movies anymore. I look around and all I see is human suffering."

And you're right, the world is filled with suffering, and that's exactly why you should make comedies. If I wanted to see human suffering I would turn on the news, read the newspaper, or walk down the street of any major metropolitan city. No one wants to pay $12 dollars to be reminded that the world sucks.

Next time you feel like popping a Bergman film into your DVD player, please re-watch Sullivan's Travels instead.

Your devoted fan,


Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Some scenes/shots remind me of Fellini. Some, of Bergman. The typical (and great) Woody Allenīs "philoshopical comedy". One of his best films.
And a plus: Charlotte Rampling is stunning!

Rubia Carolina

Super Reviewer

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