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The Purple Rose of Cairo

Posted in Film, Woody Allen with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 30 September, 2008 by Ally

Woody Allen, 1985

They always say you ought to write what you know, which is why so many films chronicle the creative process. From Sunset Boulevard to Adaptation, Hollywood’s favourite subject is itself. But great as they are, most of these films seem determined to make the audience understand the pain of the artist, the stress of putting together a production, how hard it is to make something look effortless. It’s rare to find a film that appreciates the finished product above all, and understands the spell it casts over the ordinary person sat there in the dark.

Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo is one of those films. Set in Depression-era New Jersey, it stars Mia Farrow as Cecilia. She’s a timid woman with an abusive husband (Danny Aiello), and a stressful waitressing job which she constantly jeopardizes with her clumsiness and daydreaming. Her only comfort is the cinema, where she can lose herself in shimmering Hollywood gloss for an hour and a half.

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Ankles of the Week!

Posted in Of the Week with tags , , on 5 September, 2008 by Ally

Each and every Friday I will be awarding an… award… to the most outstanding candidate in the field of my whimsical whim. This could be a particularly amusing or touching piece of dialogue, a song-and-dance routine, a ridiculous piece of scenery or, as in this case, a body part. The award for Ankles of the Week goes to Ginger Rogers. For more pictures of Ginger Rogers and other Hollywood stars, visit Doctor Macro.

Ankles of the Week