Stardust Memories Reviews
However, as mentioned, it is overly complex. Scenes seem discontinuous and random at times. Also, if you aren't a Woody Allen fan (luckily I am one), many of the in-jokes and self-references will be lost on you.
Solid performances all round, especially as the roles would have been difficult to play, considering the complexity of the script. As always, Woody Allen gets to play himself, though this time the character is actually himself.
Probably the least accessible Woody Allen movie, but definitely worth the watch if you are a fan.
Rewatched and you have to keep in mind this is a film within a film in disguise.
"They want laughs in Kansas City, they been working in the wheat fields all day."
This film plays out as a dreamy meta-commentary on success within creativity. Influenced by Fellini, Allen is besieged with celebrity requests for autographs and opinions from a collective oddity of human beings, all with the strangest faces. He wanders into abandoned dance halls and gazebos on the shoreline discussing his work, with constant interruption from the unhinged mass who speak with anxiety & adoration.
"I would trade that oscar for one more second of life."
I first saw this movie in 2006 and enjoyed it. Upon 2nd viewing I now love it for removing narrative and focusing on the emotional truth that comes with an overwhelming situation. This feels like a new period for the director with total freedom within his creativity. His first movie without Diane Keaton since 1972, look for cameos from Laraine Newman, Daniel Stern & Sharon Stone.
This film felt more like a series of sketches than a whole movie. The storyline is all over the place and I didn't have a clue what was going on most of the time, but I understood the main concept which was that the popular filmmaker is fed up with the critics questioning his work and his love life is a right mess. Basically, it's your usual Woody Allen movie, were he uses every chance to get his leg over. As this movie was made in the early 80's, I can actually imagine Woody Allen's life being like it is in the movie, with theÂ paparazzi constantly on his tale, fans asking forÂ autographÂ and many beautiful women on his tale but it eventually leads to him losing the plot. He eventually becomes tired of making funny movies and I have actually witnessed this after watching a lot of his movies. He seems to sway from comedy to drama through his career so he obviously had this problem in his real life. Anyway, the film is funny in parts but the storyline is sketchy. Watchable!Â
After watching a few of Woody Allen's movies, I'm beginning to see a pattern with the box office takings, which isn't that great. He only started to make serious money when he decided to stick to writing and directing, which must have been a tough decision because he seems to be the main character in most of his earlier projects. He still adds some of his warped sense of his humour to his latter scripts, but he doesn't have that million words per minute, annoying humour, which I saw in some of the scenes in this movie. At the end of the day, this is a watchable movie which is better than some of his latter projects, but I'm still struggling to understand the mind behind his work.
Worldwide Gross: $10.3million
I recommend this movie to people who are into there Woody Allen movies about a popular director who is going through a nervous breakdown because of the pressure of being a comedy genius and his constant problems with relationships. 5/10